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: morung and morung carvings
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Ao
location: Chungtia
date: 12.7.1947
person: Archer/ Mildred
date: 9.7.1947-4.12.1947
text: In the middle of the village was the morung or bachelors' dormitory. It looked like the other houses but for privacy the front was entirely closed with palm leaves and the roof sloped at a sharper angle. The main post was carved with tigers and horn-bills. But amongst the Aos, the morung has nowadays only a vestige of its former importance. It has ceased to be a daily club for the boys and in most villages is only used at feasts.