The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Christian headman's grave at Kobak; standing and sitting stones near Khartong, their sites and carvings; the marking of graves
medium: notestours
location: Waichang Kobak Khartong Boloson
date: 1.8.1928
person: Mills/ J.P.
date: 8.1928
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 Unpublished Government Papers" at SOAS Library, London.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: 1st August, 1928. To Waichang 10 miles 7.30 - 12. Went via Kobak. A very hot march. At Kobak the old Christian headman's grave was a curious sight. An old 'pear-stone' had been half buried on it and used as a base for a stone cross. Near it was the skull of the buffalo killed at the funeral. Thus were the symbols of possibly three faiths combined.
text: A mile on the Kobak side of Khartong are some sitting stones with 'pear stones' just above them. One sitting stone is carved with a mithan's head full face and the other with a whole mithan, conventionalised exactly as at Boloson. Just above Kobak is the site from which the stone for the grave was taken. It is an important one, with one very long 'pear-stone', now fallen, surrounded by small ones half buried, with others along the ridge. Two of the stones are carved. They have bands of geometrical pattern and one has two pigs on it. Below Kobak, on the road to Waichang, is a remarkable line of bun-shaped sitting stones. At least one is carved, having on it a human figure and what is possibly meant for a rhino. Tradition has it that there was a 'bazaar' here once.