The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Village dance and speeches at Thevopitsima
medium: tours
location: Theropesimi (Thevopitsima)
date: 26.1.1926
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 22.1.1926-22.2.1926
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Hutton Ms. Box 2
text: 26/1/1926 To Thevopitsima, a short march. They persuaded me to go up to the village to see a dance in the afternoon. It consisted in the usual procession of males carrying leaf cups while the bucks who fancied themselves gave athletic performances in the middle uttering cries to the effect that the Thevopisima bulls were the strongest, and that their guest's bull was the best - the bull as ever being taken as a pure symbol of prosperity. The performance concluded with a speech by the gaonburas exhorting all the men and women of the village to be virtuous, law abiding and obedient subjects of Government.