The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

typescript tour diary of W.G. Archer, S.D.O. Mokokchung 1947

caption: visit to Lungkam
caption: dangers of tattooing
medium: tours
ethnicgroup: Ao
location: Lungkam
date: 2.2.1947
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 31.12.1946-14.2.1947
text: One of the village women has no legs below her knees. While she was being tattooed, the places went septic, and all the flesh and bone came away. I do not pretend to understand how this could happen and the woman still survive. In spite of walking on her knees, she is married and has a child.