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
person: Sewang/ gaonbura of Choaha
location: Choha (Chaoha)
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 1946-1948
refnum: 9:22
text: Chaoha, (tribal area) - gaonbura = Sewang.
text: Grave effigies are set up in pairs only for big men - never for women - an Ang will get - also any rich man or famous warrior.
text: The man's son will put them up and give a village feast - if he cannot feast the village he does not put up the figures - skull not put on the figure - figures put up 'so that the family may see the dead man and their sorrow be eased' - also 'if we do not give it the dead man will feel slighted. His mind will get bad. He will harm his family'. - 'His wife will see the figure and 'gaubi takibo'?' -
text: A poor man understands that his family cannot afford it and if he does not get it he does no harm -
text: 2 figures, one the man himself - the other a servant.
text: If a big man has his head taken, the 2 figures are put up - the figures are set up in a shed but are not clothed - stained with red dye -
text: cannot put up if the crops are sprouting or are in the ear -