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
caption: taking omens
medium: diaries
location: Ungma
date: 9.10.1947
person: Archer/ Mildred
date: 9.7.1947-4.12.1947
text: Holding a cock between his hands, he pretended to pluck it alive, calling out in a high-pitched cry for the prosperity of his ancestors and the whole Ao country to come upon him and his house. Then he threw two leaf-cups of rice beer upon the mithan, and his friend speared the cock with a sharp bamboo, slit it open and consulted the entrails for omens. The dead cock was then tied to the post above the mithan, the donor strode back to his house and the sun set.