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: Unusual genna stones and tabu signs on firewood; description of Merami
medium: diaries
person: Nikrihu/ of JotsomaKhrievihuHutton/ J.H.
ethnicgroup: SemaRengma
location: Merema (Merami) Kohima
date: 22.9.1922
person: Balfour/ Henry
date: 1922-1923
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
text: Fri. Sept. 22nd.
text: In morning I merely strolled about photographing etc. At 3 pm. I started off with Nikrihu to walk to Merami (4.5 miles from Kohima). Very pretty walk along a good track most of the way. Daturas, cannas, convolvulus etc enlivened the route. Passed many panikhets with growing rice & jhum fields with coix lacryma crops. Fine views over the northern hills - Sema country to the East & Rengma country to the west. I passed a group of 5 pairs of genna stones, erected by Khrievihu, who must have been something of a scholar to judge from a stone slab inscribed in quaint English & recording his achievements. By the wayside were some stacks of firewood protected with tabu signs.
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text: Several old graves & upright genna stones along the route. (