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: grave effigies
medium: notes
keywords: stone-draggingchristianity
ethnicgroup: Angami <Eastern
location: Phele
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 1946-1948
refnum: 9:5
text: E. Angami. Phele.
text: The former custom ie. up to 20 years ago - any rich man would erect a grave effigy for his father or his son on the latter's death - wealth the criterion, not heads - a man who had taken heads but was not rich got a line of stone heads or posts with wooden heads, and not a figure.
text: Not necessary to have dragged stones - but only to be rich. The whole village to be feasted on erection day. Not necessary to have taken heads. Custom has now died out in Phele. Object to honour the dead 'to cling to relics of the dead man's life'. To pretend he is still alive to cheat or ease grief. never a woman
text: - the times are changing - 'christians are muddling our ideas' - a group of villages N & E of Phele - W & S custom different.