The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Legend of a love charm at Kigwema
medium: tours
person: Meselitsuma khel/ KigwemaHoni/ of Kigwema
location: Zhakhama (Jakhoma) Kigwema
date: 28.7.1925
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 23.7.1925-29.7.1925
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Hutton Ms. Box 2
text: 28th
text: Halted Jakhoma - recounted Kigwema, only a little less unpleasant than recounting Viswema. In the Meselitsuma khel of Kigwema there is an ancient carved stone roughly incised with "Enemy's Teeth" and spear heads and the edge cut into indentations as a tally of love affairs. It is so old that though the man's name - Honi, is remembered, it is not known to what kindred he belonged and no one can claim descent from him. He had a charm which made him irresistible to women. When old he used to keep it in his pipe, but a woman could not pick up the pipe without being fascinated by him.