The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Snake bite; disposal of heads of dead at Wanching; various village complaints at Tamlu
medium: tours
person: Kongya/ of Kamahu
location: Tamlu Wanching Dimapur Namsang Kuntsung Toluba (Kansing Toluba)
date: 10.7.1926
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 5.7.1926-4.8.1926
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Hutton Ms. Box 2
text: 10/7/1926 Via Wanching to Tamlu. Just after leaving Wakching I was rash enough to get bitten by a snake - a viper of sorts, I think. I picked it up, and having often handled them with care and impunity before, I was casual about the way I let it go and careless enough to give it a chance of whipping round and biting my finger which it did. However, I was not one penny the worse and it added incident to a long march.
text: Wanching dispose of the heads of their dead as Wakching do in little stone phalli fashioned to suit the sex of the deceased and some of them very decidedly suggestive of Dimapur. Persons of no importance with no friends who will be bothered to carve a stone for their skulls have them just put into an earthen pot and covered with a flat stone.
text: At Tamlu Namsang came in with a grouse about opium and complaints about many opium eaters having their licences taken away, and also with another complaint about elephants. One Kongya from Kamahu was also in to see if I was going to take any action about a dispute and an affray in that village, but I told him that transfrontier villages must settle their own internal affairs. Kansing Toluba also came with a grouse about their not being allowed to go to the plains. They could not or would not give me any reasons why they were not allowed, pretending they did not know.