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: Treatment of corpses; Hutton and Balfour try eating hornet grubs
medium: diaries
person: Hutton/ J.H.Nihu/ of Kohima
ethnicgroup: Kalyo-KengyuAngami
location: Phozami Laruri (Kerami)
date: 15.10.1922
person: Balfour/ Henry
date: 1922-1923
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
text: Sun. Oct. 15.
text: We started from PHOZAMI at 8.20 a.m., to walk to KERAMI (about 18 miles). A fatiguing 4 miles up-hill at first; then down & up again to a second 'col' & then steadily downhill most of the way. Once over the range the scenery changes & Kassia pines form the jungle, reminding one of home scenery, but for the scattered dwarf palms growing beneath the pines, but patches of the usual jungle intervene. Heard some barking-deer (C. muntjak) & huluks, & saw a few Arakan Hill Partridges. Hot, sunny day, but the trees gave a good deal of shade. We halted three times for a few minutes. After a long march we reached KERAMI village (KALYO-KENGYU tribe) at 1.50 p.m. We passed straight through the village, just looking into one house where a recent (fairly!) corpse was being smoked before being suspended under the rafters until it could be finally dismembered, when the bones would be placed in a large earthenware pot in the granary, the coffin & remains of flesh etc. being thrown away over a small precipice at the edge of the village. This corpse was wrapped in mats & lay in a canoe-shaped dug-out coffin, which was raised above the fire on
text: I had to put on khaki riding-breeches to protect my legs from the black flies, which were maddening.