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 Yekhum and Sanis
caption: trip to Kohima
caption: morungs
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Lhota
location: Yekhum Sanis
date: 14.8.1947
person: Archer/ Mildred
date: 9.7.1947-4.12.1947
text: At both Yekhum and Sanis the morungs were falling into disrepair and only the posts carved with hornbills and a few wisps of thatch remained. Amongst the Lhotas a morung cannot be rebuilt before nine years have elapsed, but that was not the real cause of the delapidation. Although these villages are by no means wholly Christian, the 'pagans' are falling into a limbo where Christianity has undermined old pride and vigour and yet has not replaced it with anything else. The old life of the morung has died.