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: Longsa: houses, sacrificial meat, cloth decoration, cotton work, ceremonial conveying of new carved morung pillar
medium: diaries
person: Mills/ J.P.Tiyatemthen/ of LongsaRapatamchen
ethnicgroup: Ao
location: Aichisagami (Sagami) Longsa Kohima Wokha Mt.
date: 28.10.1922
person: Balfour/ Henry
date: 1922-1923
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
text: Saturday Oct. 28th
text: We left Sagami for Longsa (15 miles - 126 miles from Kohima). Mills & I rode part of the way & walked the rest. There was a fine view of Wokha Hill (the "abode of the dead", the "roadway of the dead" showing clearly as a white streak below the top. A cave is said to exist there, but no one has visited it & it is almost unaccessible). Longsa village is a mile from the Inspection Bungalow. Two small bridges over deep ditches form the approach, one of two slender poles & the other a narrow plank. The houses face one another in "streets", the path along the streets is of the roughest description, being bare bed-rock & one must scramble up & down the rocks to get along. The houses are flat-fronted with walls of interlaced bamboo strips; the front gable overhangs considerably on the slope & there is an additional small overhang at the ridge. They are built on piles & have large platforms