The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Fertility symbols and miniature morungs at Khonoma
medium: tours
person: Semoma khel/ Khonoma
location: Khonoma
date: 3.9.1928
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 3.9.1928-24.9.1928
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Hutton Ms. Box 2
text: J.H. Hutton, Tour Diary, September 1928
text: 3 September
text: To Khonoma, going down the cart road to the Khonoma bridge and thence up the valley to the village by a path which was extremely inaccurately described as "indeed, a nice level path and no climbing in it at all", as a matter of fact there must be a rise of at least 2000 feet in four miles. All three clans came to meet me together - most unusual.
text: Outside the Semoma gate was a row of pointed cones of red earth on platform of the same. They represented breasts and were apparently intended to increase the fertility of the fields, opposite were tiny miniature morungs beautifully built and miniature stepped pyramids of clay.