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: Phom carving
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Phom
location: Mongnyu (Mongnu) Dikhu R. Sowa
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 1946-1948
refnum: 8:1
text: Phom.
text: The centre of the carving is Mongnu village - the other side of the Dikhu from Sowa -
text: objects: pipes, heads, carved tankards, mithan, goats, sambar, monkeys, tigers.
text: If a man kills a tiger, a sambar, etc. he makes a carving and keeps it in his house to celebrate his success and to induce further success in the future - if he has a herd of mithan, he has some mithan carvings to make them increase - if he has taken heads, he announces his exploit by carving a tally on a pipe, or putting them on a tankard, a dao holder or a separate carving. 'Pushing the mithan home from the jungle'.
text: When carving a man is strictly genna as otherwise his hand would slip and the carving be spoilt ie. refrain from intercourse, keep in the house, meet no strangers, eat only with his family. 'He is like a dead man'. [But no genna on sale to strangers of carvings.]