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: house carving
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Namsang Tamlu
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 1946-1948
refnum: 15:21
text: Konyak - house carvings.
text: Namsang Tamlu
text: If a Konyak gives a mithan feast, he can put up posts with carved mithan heads - one head for every mithan killed - [Smaller than Angami - little fully modelled heads]
text: Choose a tree with same precautions as for a morung - when cut, sacrifice a cock - carver and house owner are fully genna for the period between cutting and erection. On erection day, pillar is set up - cock killed, its blood mixed with flour, daubed on a bunch of plantain stalks, and tied to as many places as possible on the post. The cock's head is cut off and the carvings smeared with blood from the head - some rice is softened with water and then sprinkled on the carvings - 'From your heads the village will see that I am rich. Through your heads may all my house be blessed'.