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: grave at Cheshorr and reflections on marriage
medium: notes
keywords: ashilim
person: AuhukhyuMakam
ethnicgroup: Yimchungr
location: Cheshorr
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 1946-1948
refnum: 16:17
text: Cheshorr.
text: Ceremonial reredos of a bahadur killed by a bear - met a bear in the jungle - speared it - bear mauled him - died - bear tracked down - the bear's head is on a post - a row of 15 stakes surmounted by pig skulls with one mithan in the middle - some model spears in front - 'for his use in ashilim' - in the land of the dead life and war go on as in the land of the living - a tall bamboo pole with basket balls dangling from the top - a tally of the 25 heads, fingers or toes he took - a great cross beam - carved with simplified hornbills at end - 18 marks = number of times he ceremonially killed a cow or mithan SKETCH
text: 2 pairs of breasts on either side = the 4 girls he seduced before marriage -
text: Marriage price - adjusted according to status of families - 1 mithan 3 cows 4 pigs - Auhukhyu's marriage.
text: Poor families - 1 cow 1 pig - according to status of girl's family and boy's father's discretion.
text: Makam and Auhukhyu clearly did not 'come clean' about pre- marital sex - admitted boy and girl friendships - if the girl let him the boy sometimes fondles her breast - but they never have each other.