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: significance of village gates
medium: notes
keywords: omensdreams
location: Kohima
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 1946-1948
refnum: 12:34
text: Omens and dreams - ways of gauging the gate's efficiency.
text: When the tree is felled a white cock is sometimes released and its actions observed. If it leaps over the trunk and crows, the tree is believed to be particularly powerful. Such a thing happened about 50 years ago then the [] Khel of Kohima was erecting an earlier gate. The omen was regarded as excellent and so long as the gate remained, the whole Khel prospered.
text: The same inference was drawn from an old man's dream. In the dream a voice said to him 'The tree is very strong. It has two sons [] and []'. There was great rejoicing in the Khel when he narrated this experience, and subsequent events merely confirmed their conclusion.