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: erection of village gate
medium: notes
location: Kohima
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 1946-1948
refnum: 12:32
text: As the gate is being dragged in no one who is not of the Khel nor of a Khel in alliance may touch the ropes or cross the two lines of dragging warriors. If a stranger did so, he was formerly pierced with the blunt end of a spear and even today he would be immediately set upon and beaten. (As I went along, I myself almost crossed a line and was at once implored to keep outside.)