The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Description of monoliths near Gunjong; "Jungle Man" of Gunjong
medium: tours
ethnicgroup: SyntengKachariHagrasa
location: Derebora Gunjong Kohima
date: 23.10.1928
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 13.10.1928-27.10.1928
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Hutton Ms. Box 2
text: 23 October
text: Derebora to Gunjong. On the way a large collection of the hollow monoliths, of which there were about 42 stones in a group, and one huge stone separately. Near the latter to the east were three mounds probably the work of termites and a little way off the remains of a tank and what was probably a dissolith on the Synteng plan.
text: The solitary big stone measured 23' 7" in circumference and the depth of the hollow is 5' 3". The mean diameter of the aperture at the top is 23" and from the lip to the point of greatest circumference measured four feet. Of the other stones one big one right on the path was 16 feet in circumference, and another was 17 feet 8", with a diameter of 20" across its opening. One stone had been buried nearly up to its lip and the bridle path had gone across it, the stone being cut down to level the path. The Kachari morung at Gunjong had ornamentation on it done by tying and smoking.
text: Not far from Gunjong is the site of the "Jungle men" whom the Kacharis destroyed by driving them into a cave and piling a fire against the mouth of it. They are described as little men who used bows and arrows and lived entirely in the forest. The Kachari name for them is Hagrasa which appears to be a synonym of the Angami Horotsu, the name of a clan in Kohima descended from one of these "jungle men" who was caught near that village.