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: Sangtam warriors' dress
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Sangtam
location: Chare Sangsomo (Sangsoma)
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 1946-1948
refnum: 5:12
text: These days head taking has been stopped (since 1934). Last 13 years - if a boy wants warriors' status he now approaches the greatest warrior in the village, expresses his wish & is permitted to feast the elders with a pig -
text: a piglet Rs5 - the red belt without the red ends
text: a small pig Rs20 - painted strip - half red spear - cowrie apron
text: - 2 boars tusks + sipung (hair from the family stock).
text: a large pig Rs50 - everything including a hornbill's feather.
text: In many cases it is the right to wear ancestral dress - dress already in the family & inherited from grandfather or father ie. not new dress.
text: He must also give a cock & the oldest warrior takes it to the log drum & impales it on a stake before it - drum beaten - dance - all the young men desiring dress will then place a bamboo pole in the makutung - with a gourd or a broken pot on the top - each youth gives a cock to the presiding warriors of the village (one of each clan) - only one is offered at the drum - the others are eaten by the 2 old men - to get full dress - a dao must be given. Usually a whole group of boys does the ceremony together. (This is the practice in the villages like Chare - Sangsoma will follow it.)