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: making log-drums
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: ChangKalyu Kengyu
location: Yamrup
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 1946-1948
refnum: 16:31
text: Chang - Yamrup.
text: Ting-sen - ting = tree, wood. sen = dragged. 'The dragged tree' - Origin - on a raid raiders got separated - one discovered a hollow tree - he beats it - its sounds reached the others - they rallied to it - rejoined - since then they have used trees as drums - the carved shape is human - a torso with arms straining back - (no sex marks) - puja at the drum between the harvest and the rice sowing - no fixed intervals - when the shed is repaired - 1 fowl 1 dog - 2 men of the Ung clan will preside - after - no one else will share or participate - only these will eat the fowl and dog. Dog is offered because its bark keeps off evil spirits. First and original drum is on the Kalyo Kengyu pattern - open both ends - a long slim beak - 'because there were few of us we could not bring a larger one or give it a head' - this one is male - its name is Hopong'. No difference in luck if male or female.