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 granaries
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Sangtam
location: Chare
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 1946-1948
refnum: 5:25
text: Sangtam granaries. Like Lhota and Sema and Konyak - outside the family houses - mounted on platforms - but usually with a centre post - a Sangtam feature - chicken 'cages' tied to the doors. A fowl sacrificed the first time that new rice is withdrawn after a harvest - some granaries in Chongtore 8 basket and feathers.
text: Chare - the granaries have warriors' shields hung up on them - precaution against village fires - one fire gutted the village - destroyed many shields. The shield the most valued family possession - v. ominous to lose it or have it destroyed therefore now kept at granaries. Near the western granaries, a smooth stone - 'infused' with Tsungrangre - called longkong - genna to touch it - if touched there will be great storms - every 5 years in Sept-Oct. the village offers a large pig. Only men attend. Pig eaten - the remains exposed on a platform at the spot - none of the pig must enter the village.
text: 'Tsungrangre, today we are giving you this pig. May the crops be good. May we get animals in the hunt. May every house have children. May no one be ill.' The pig is killed in rotation by an important warrior or big man - ratified by the stalk omen.