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: stone grave effigies
medium: notes
keywords: head-takers
location: Kekrima
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 1946-1948
refnum: 9:9
text: Stone figures. Kekrima. A tradition that famous head- takers were entitled to 2 stone figures - a vertical block with a roughly shaped head - and eyes and mouth incised. Set up on his stones outside his house. 2 little stones with incised heads are still in Kekrima outside a warrior's decendants' house but no wooden grave effigies. (With end of head-taking an end of the figures? So far as I could discover no tradition of wooden figures but enquiries not very full).