The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

typescript - J.P. Mills, tour diary September 1928

caption: Standing stones to commemorate love affairs near Thungje
medium: notestours
person: Shikamba/ of Thungje
location: Laisong Thungje Shillong Jenam
date: 11.9.1928
person: Mills/ J.P.
date: 9.1928
refnum: (from): J.P.Mills and others, "Tour Diaries and Administrative Notes from the North Cachar Hills, Assam. 1928-1940. Unpublished Government Papers" at SOAS Library, London. Pam. Assam B 314349.
text: 11th Sept. To Laisong 7 miles. 7-45 - 11.15. By the side of the path near Thungje are the stones set up to commemorate the amorous exploits of Shikamba of that village, who died, a very old man, about ten years ago. At one end is a monolith of appropriate shape and beyond it a double line of ladies's stones, numbering forty in all, excluding a few small ones which denote offspring.
text: At Laisong I intercepted the man with the dak. I was expecting further orders from Government, as had I not been wanted in Shillong after all, and had I known here I could have gone down to Jenam and so done part of my tour which I now have to omit. There was nothing, however.