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 a feast of merit at Ungma
medium: diaries
location: Ungma
date: 9.10.1947
person: Archer/ Mildred
date: 9.7.1947-4.12.1947
text: 9 October. Mokokchung.
text: Yesterday we went to a Feast of Merit in Ungma village. It was the third day, the climax of the celebrations, when the mithan is sacrificed at night. We went at dusk, when the clans of the man and his wife, the donors of the mithan, were dancing round and round the massive beast. It was tethered by a great cane halter to a post in the village street, and as the chanting (101) ring proceeded slowly round, it reclined aloof and unconcerned.