The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

typescript - J.H. Hutton's tour diary in the Naga Hills

caption: Missionaries' preaching at Mokokchung; lack of quarters for menials at hospital
medium: tours
person: Supplee
location: Mokokchung
date: 1.7.1922-5.7.1922
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 15.6.1922-7.7.1922
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Hutton Ms. Box 2
text: July 1922
text: 1st to 5th. Halted Mokokchung. Went into C.W. matters, several of which wanted attention. Discussed frontier matters with the Subdivisional Officer and many transfrontier Nagas. Found enough to do to keep me busy all the time except Sunday. On the 5th I met the Impur Missionaries. The new man, one Supplee, is I understand from Mr. Mills, a terrible fellow who preaches hell fire, (literally) for all the unbaptized without exception, as well as for all baptized who disagree with his interpretation of scripture. As far as doctrine goes most Nagas' views compare exceedingly favourably with this. I really think that it is very wrong to allow Mediaevalists of this sort to get loose among simple people who take them seriously - knowing no better. The fear of hell as an alternative to baptism has made many obverts (one cannot call them converts) in the Mokokchung Subdivision already and Nagas ought to be protected against spiritual terrorism of this sort. As for myself, I take comfort in the thought that all the best company will be in hell, anyhow.
text: The Menial's quarters in the Hospital blew down long ago. There is nowhere for the Menials to live, a plan and estimate were submitted last financial year, but nothing has been done at all. If the quarters are not going to be rebuilt at all it would be kinder to let these unfortunate people know, so that they can make permanent arrangements, but it will be very inconvenient to have the hospital sweeper, for instance, living in Mokokchung village a mile away, and the dresser, say, in Ungma two or three miles in the opposite direction.