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: origin of buffalo head on log drum
medium: notes
person: Chirongchu
location: Anangba
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 1946-1948
refnum: 5:44
text: The origin of the buffalo head on the log drum.
text: 'In days long ago, a man went to take an enemy head. He could not get one. As he returned, he saw a buffalo. He killed it. He took its head but he could not get it home. He reached his village. He told his wife that he had cut the head. But his wife said 'I have not seen it'. He told the villagers but they too said 'We have not seen it'. Then he said 'I will take an oath that I can carve it on the drum'. So he carved a buffalo's head on the drum's end. Since then some drums have heads like buffaloes'.
text: Chirongchu of Anangba.