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: dream recorded by J.P. Mills
medium: notes
person: Mills/ J.P.Tolhopu
location: Hanyemi Rangazumi
date: 23.1.1936
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 1946-1948
refnum: 5:54
text: (note by J.P. Mills)
text: Dream of Tolhopu of Hanyemi. Night of Jan. 22-23 1936
text: I dreamed last night that my village and Rangazumi [the next village] were quarrelling violently because Rangazumi men had cut two bamboos from our land. I joined in the quarrel and cut two bamboos from our land and two from Rangazumi land. My men asked me why, if I were helping them in their quarrel with Rangazumi, I cut bamboo from Hanyemi land as well as from Rangazumi land. I said I would cut from the land of both villages if I liked. Then I chased the Rangazumi men with my 'dao' and said I would kill them if they stole our bamboos again. When I cut the bamboos I could not cut them clean through in one stroke. That is bad. I think that if I have to panchayat cases today [he is an interpreter] I shall not be able to come to any clear decision. Generally to dream of bamboos being cut means that men will die, and if the bamboos are fine ones, great men will dies somewhere. Recorded in the morning J.P.M. 23/1/36