The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript notes made by W.G. Archer between 1946 & 1948, and miscellaneous papers and letters

caption: mithan posts
medium: notes
person: Noksuraba Ao
ethnicgroup: Ao
location: Longsa
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 1946-1948
refnum: 15:20
text: Longsa - Noksuraba Ao.
text: 5 posts
text: 3 with carved human heads
text: 1. 5 heads
text: 2. 6 heads
text: 3. 2 heads.
text: for cutting 1 mithan first time 2 heads - the second time any number of heads up to 10 or more - no rate or rule - discretion. The second sacrifice completes the sequence. The sacrifice is to the tiar (tiar is also tsungrem) with prayer for welfare.
text: - Ao - sinokru - a man who goes to the forest and herds the mithan SKETCH
text: - a stump in the name of the Ao who herded the sacrificial mithan - 'only a man herds the mithan, a woman cannot' - therefore the penis.