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: dolmens at Yongyu
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Chang
location: Younyu (Yongyu) Longtang (Longtong) Tuensang
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 1946-1948
refnum: 16:35
text: Chang. Yongyu.
text: 4 little mounds north of the village with large dolmens on them - heavy stones dragged up by the village - old rule was to take head, hands and legs - but if the father, mother or near relative of a warrior had his head taken, the warrior would also bring back the heart of an enemy and bury it outside the village - the large stone a memorial of the heart and having avenged the first murder - the day the head (heart) brought - buried - 3 days later the stone dragged up - a sign of great valour - soul is neither in the heart nor in the head - soul comes with the head up to the village, stays there a little and then goes away - Chimongre has 1 such stone. Yongyu - 4 stones. Longtong - 3 stones. To avenge anyone in the family - father, mother, brother, uncle. Tuensang there are 3 stones (the 'peace' stones 1 noted - actually 'heart' stones - to take the heart a sign of very great valour. Hands, legs and heads all put in the head tree.