The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Detailed examination of the Kasomaripathar monoliths
medium: tours
person: Pembvo
location: Jamuguri Kasomaripathar
date: 17.12.1922
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 1.12.1922-23.12.1922
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Hutton Ms. Box 2
text: 17th
text: To Jamuguri. On the way I turned aside to look again at the Kasomaripathar monoliths. I found the missing sixteen. All buried in jungle and all overturned but one. One of the most interesting was, with one or two more, buried under a fallen tree and two or three were face downwards. There was one with a quite well executed representation of a man with four arms and possibly two heads but all nearly obliterated. It is the first human or quasihuman figure which has come to light on these carved monoliths here or at Dimapur. The only other one I know of is Pembvo's. It is however impossible to make out much while the monoliths are buried in jungle and it is time they were set up again and looked after. It wouldn't cost much. the site here seems surrounded by a rampart and a ditch as at Dimapur.
text: I had meant to go on to Dimapur by the evening train, but heard on arrival at Jamuguri that the Deputy Conservator of Forests was expected in the evening. As I had arranged to meet him either here, or at Dimapur I thought I had better wait, as he was probably relying on my tour programme to catch me here.