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 gate at Merema
medium: notes
location: Merema
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 1946-1948
refnum: 12:51
text: Merema.
text: 1. The gate is of the utmost importance to the village. At times of feud, it is the starting point of a raid and as the warriors issue through it, each invokes the gate and seeks its aid and protection (?)
text: 2. A gate is only properly or completely installed when all the ritual has been finished, the ritual invests it with magical (?) qualities - (sanctifies it ?) - if a stranger is caught touching it with a knife or spear, he is immediately beaten - if he escapes, a special ceremony is held to curse him.