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: worship of village gate
medium: notes
keywords: thevogenna
ethnicgroup: Angami <Eastern
location: Losami
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 1946-1948
refnum: 12:15
text: E. Angami. Losami. Worship of the gate every July - by the Thevo - village priest - offers a large jungle leaf (nothing else) - prayer that no illness may afflict the village. Each gate is in 2 sections and has rows of little heads only - one gate 23 heads - another 53 heads - a tally of the warriors in each Khel who had taken heads ( not of the total number of heads taken by the Khel) - no mithan heads - these would have been permissible only if a Khel had captured or killed an enemy mithan - since no Khel had ever done this, genna to put mithan horns on the gate.