The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Matrimonial conflict; acquisition of old objects at Losker; land dispute
medium: notestours
ethnicgroup: BeteKacharisRhangkols
location: Paija Losker
date: 25.1.1928
person: Mills/ J.P.
date: 1.1928
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 Unpublished Government Papers" at SOAS Library, London.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: 25th Jan. Halted. Today there turned up, breathing fire, the wife of the Christian whom we listened to yesterday. She threw fresh light on the character of that smug gentleman. According to her he was turned out of the mission for adultery in various villages. She forgave him, but he has turned her out and taken to himself another (and younger) wife. She demands compensation and the right to tear the new wife's clothes, pull off her beads and scratch her face - all in public.
text: We went to Losker and back (5 miles). It is the only village in which I have seen nice old things. I acquired an outstanding and unique piece of old metal work, bought from a Bete village 40 years ago. Not being ancestral the owners were quite ready to sell.
text: It is here that the Kacharis from the North and the Rhangkols from the South meet. There is consequently rather a difficult land case.