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 Yongyimti
caption: tour in Chang country
caption: charm against evil spirits
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Chang
location: Yongyimti
date: 20.10.1947
person: Archer/ Mildred
date: 9.7.1947-4.12.1947
text: Near the village boundary where the path forked to the fields, a small bamboo had been erected. Two wads of cotton wool and a piece of ginger had been hung on it and the headman said it was a trick to dupe the evil spirits. 'The spirit will think,' he said, 'that we have left our souls behind in the village. He will go rushing back and then we can go safely to the fields to work and no one will fall ill.'