The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

letter from J.P. Mills to J.H. Hutton

caption: metal discs on Lhota lengtas; red cloths
medium: letters
person: Hutton/ J.H.
ethnicgroup: Lhota
person: Mills/ J.P.
date: 16.1.1921
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Hutton Ms. Box 323
text: 16/1/1921
text: Dear Hutton,
text: Lhotas used to wear round bell-metal disks on their lengtas at the 'soul-calling' ceremony. I feel sure I have heard of this connection between spirits and glittering objects in some other connection. Can you remember anything about it?
text: J.P. Mills
text: (note in pencil in Hutton's hand -
cf. white object put up to notify deaths.
Red cloths not to be shown when village genna (K.N.)
Red cloths not to be buried with anyone who leaves relations surviving them (Kuki) )