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 concerning a bridge at Mapa; revenue exemption due to failed crops
medium: tours
ethnicgroup: Lhota
location: Bhagti R. (Bagtimukh) Lungkhung Mapa Hanyemi
date: 4.12.1925
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 16.11.1925-17.12.1925
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Hutton Ms. Box 2
text: 4th December
text: To Bagtimukh, about 12 miles, taking Lungkhung on the way. The path goes along the river bank (and very bad going indeed) as far as Mapa, a place where there are three great rocks stuck in the river as if they were piers of a bridge, the footway of which had gone. There is a local legend that a Lhota pursued by his enemies leaped the gaps with five chungas of modhu on his back. The leap - at least the one that really mattered for a hunted man - is a possible one, I think, but I have no sort of desire to experiment. From a little below Mapa it is possible to go on down the river to Bagtimukh, but I had to go to Lungkhung, so climbed up to the village, which I counted, and down again, to find a dak and a host of Gaonburas waiting in my camp.
text: I exempted Hanyemi from revenue this year. For some mysterious reason half their crops seem to have failed entirely. Something must have gone wrong with the seed.