The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

typescript 'Journey to Nagaland', by Mildred Archer. An account of six months spent in the Naga Hills in 1947

caption: visit to Chungtia
caption: walk to Mokokchung
caption: graves
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Ao
location: Chungtia
date: 12.7.1947
person: Archer/ Mildred
date: 9.7.1947-4.12.1947
text: As we neared the village, we passed the grave-yard. The Aos erect a little thatched shed above the grave on which samples of the dead man's possessions are hung - his dao, necklaces and bracelets, his headdress, spear, shield and pipe. Formerly the dead were exposed under this shed, but now, through Christian influence, they bury the body in a shallow grave. Some of the Christian graves had stones with English inscriptions and on one I noticed a picture of a Bible and there was even a hand reaching from a cloud.