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 Ungr and Chuchu Yimlang
caption: log drum and gate at Ungr
medium: tours
ethnicgroup: Ao
location: Ungri (Ungr)
date: 8.2.1947
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 31.12.1946-14.2.1947
text: At Ungr, an old village gate is standing by the log drum. On one side four large rings are cut in the wood and on the back two horns spring out of a thick wooden base. The latter contains a hole for a bolt and the horns are perhaps intended for strengthening the plank. Unlike Angamis the Aos seem to have regarded their gates merely as a part of their defences and there is no tradition of gate worship. In raiding days, all gates were shut at night, sentries were posted and a gate was opened only if a late comer could satisfy the guard of his identity. At Ungr no one could say for certain what the design portrays but I was told that the rings were possibly 'tiger's eyes' and the horns 'might be the horns of a snail'.