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 Khensa, Chungtia and Aliba
caption: feasts of merit and house carving at Khensa
medium: tours
person: Chongli khelMongsen khelTamjenchosang/ of Khensa
ethnicgroup: Ao
location: Khensa
date: 11.2.1947
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 31.12.1946-14.2.1947
seealso: 'Ao Nagas', Mills
text: A number of houses in the village are decorated with horizontal painted boards while in a few cases the boards are carved. Any one in the Mongsen Khel who kills 9 pigs at the first feast of merit can put up a painted board while if he is a member of the Chongli Khel, he must kill 30. The board is a foot wide and runs across the house front just above the door. It is painted in black with five circles, each with inner rings, and with long zigzag lines on either side SKETCH