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: village gates and lucky stones
medium: notes
person: Tsotonoma khel
location: Kohima
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 1946-1948
refnum: 12:33
text: The gate is also the appropriate spot for keeping any 'lucky stones'. The Tsotonoma Khel of Kohima has three such stones and all of them are by its gate. One is called 'the wasps' nest stone', and another 'the stone ladder' because these are the things that they resemble. The third is a long stone cylinder. Any grotesquely shaped stone is believed to possess some inherent 'power' and for that reason it is placed at the gate where its 'force' can be utilised for Khel welfare.