The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Christian-ancient conflict over hairstyle at Khonoma
medium: tours
location: Khonoma Kohima
date: 14.12.1934-15.12.1934
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 12.12.1934-15.12.1934
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Hutton Ms. Box 2
text: 14th. I spent the day till 2 pm hearing cases and visiting the sites. I turned home then and collected a couple of wood-cock and an unidentified snipe on the way.
text: A fuss is going on in the village because one or two Christian girls have refused to shave their heads till marriage according to the immemorial custom of the village. They like to grow their hair to put the come-hither on the boys, but the ancients say it is tabu, and of course the Christians cannot pretend that it is a matter of conscience for them to grow their hair, so I have ordered them that they must obey the village custom or live outside the village. It is a clean and seemly custom, and St.Paul would certainly have been on my side.
text: 15th. To Kohima. The bridle path for about three miles or more on the Khonoma side of Jotsoma is in bad order; the surface is as bad as I have ever known it, or worse.