The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Cultivation of oaks at Shiong; disposal of dead and pottery styles
medium: tours
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Shiong Wakching Mokokchung Wanching Dimapur Aopao (Chongvi)
date: 6.12.1926
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 12.11.1926-11.12.1926
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Hutton Ms. Box 2
text: 6/12/1926 Via Shiong to Wakching. Oaks have recently been planted by Shiong along the village path, the seed having been brought from Mokokchung. The dead are also disposed of along the path near the village, the detached head being put into a pot and covered with an inverted pot fitting inside the mouth of the first. This practice is probably allied in intention to the similar disposal of the dead by Wakching and Wanching in phallic stones carved not unlike those at Dimapur. The use of pots however, is much more prevelant than that of stones, as many Konyak villages follow the same practice as Shiong. A brass dish placed for the use of the dead had a hole broken through the bottom of it as usual, probably to prevent it being stolen. Shiong has a drum carved with serow heads and human figures. Pots here are made, as at Chongvi, with holes in the bottom for steaming instead of boiling rice.