The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - 'Diary of a Tour in the Naga Hills, 1922-1923' by Henry Balfour

caption: Visit to Mesephima: graves, divination, description of houses, hunting trophies, food
medium: diaries
person: Hutton/ J.H.
ethnicgroup: Angami
location: Ghaspani Diphupani R. (Dippu R.) Meziphima (Mesephima)
date: 11.9.1922
person: Balfour/ Henry
date: 1922-1923
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
text: Mon. Sept. 11th
text: The luggage-carts had gone on during the night. Hutton dealt with a few native cases at the Bungalow & we started then riding to GHASPANI (9.5 miles) through dense jungle on a fair road. Not unbearably hot; the road for a good way followed the gorge of the Dippu R., mounting steadily all the way; grand scenery. Butterflies in myriads. Arrived at GHASPANI fairly early & went to the Inspection bungalow, which is of the usual type (central sitting-room with bed and bath-room on either side. Kitchen in a small outhouse). Ghaspani is 1542.82ft. above sea level. All round is bamboo & mixed-timber jungle very dense & tangled with parasitic vines, canes etc. Sensitive-plant abundant. After lunch H. & I with our two Angami bearers, climbed up to an Angami village, MESEPHIMA, passing many old stone platform-graves; and