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: Lhota attitude to head-taking
medium: notes
keywords: Potso
ethnicgroup: Lhota
location: Yekhum Rephyim
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 1946-1948
refnum: 13:25
text: Lhotas - head-taking.
text: Yekhum - When a head was taken it was first brought to the morung - a cow and pig were sacrificed - then the leading man addressed the morung Potso. 'Potso, we are giving you this head. May our crops be good. May we have success in hunting'. After that the ceremony at the head tree. Yekhum and Rephyim were for long at war and took each others heads. 'We took heads to do puja with them. We did the puja when we got a head. If in one year we did not get a head, it did not matter. It did not make the crops bad'. The idea that the puja was not the motive or reason for a war - but if a head resulted from a war it was offered to Potso.