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 Chare
caption: proposed visit to Lungtrok
medium: diaries
person: Chuba
location: Chare Lungtrok
date: 4.11.1947
person: Archer/ Mildred
date: 9.7.1947-4.12.1947
text: The evening passed in talking to headmen and villagers. Bill suggested that the next morning, before setting off on our march, we should go to Lungtrok, a place sacred to the Aos and only three miles away. Here there are six large stones from which the Ao and Phom tribes have their legendary origin. But it was clear that Chuba, the Sangtam interpreter, as well as the villagers were doing their best to dissuade us from going. When we appeared persistent they eventually confessed that if we went at this time of year before the harvest was in and 'disturbed' the stones, then a great wind and rain would come and devastate the remainder of the harvest. Even the sacrifice of a pig or bullock would not counteract this calamity.
text: Later in the year we could go, they said, but not now.