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: attitude towards tigers and leopards
medium: notes
person: ChubaMayangAdamsChirongchu
ethnicgroup: Ao
location: Sengraje
date: 1939
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 1946-1948
refnum: 5:50
text: In 1939 Chuba shot a tiger in Sengraje, an Ao village. 'Adams Sahib said "You dobashis must prove yourselves bahadurs. Each of your must kill a tiger, an elephant and a mithan. If you do not I will not make you permanent". So I went to Sengraje and shot the tiger. Then Adams Sahib gave me a permanent post'. There was a beat - Mayang and Chuba sat in the machan - killed 2 tigers. As Chuba was at M'chung, he was automatically genna. How to tell a were-leopard.
text: 'In all "chota bagh" (leopards) there are three stripes which start from the eyes, go up over the head and down the back to the tail. The two side stripes go round the eyes. The middle stripe comes down between the eyes'. SKETCH
text: 'You know that a man is in the bagh by these 3 stripes and the marks round the eyes. SKETCH
text: A tiger never has them. A leopard always does. All leopards have a man in them'. Chirongchu.