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: installation of a new gate
medium: notes
keywords: Sekrengi festival
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 1946-1948
refnum: 12:48
text: The installation of a gate - the actual ritual, the communal act itself a great reinforcement to 'Khel' morale. The Khel acts as a single unit - it demonstrates its virility, its warlike prowess. The emotional forces let loose by the ceremony achieve much the same effect as the gate itself is believed to do. The installation is linked to the sekrengi festival ie. is an extension of it - a reinforcement of it. The festival is to enhance virility, fertility, community from sickness. The songs celebrate great warriors and their loves.