The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

Typescript - J.P. Mills, Tour Diary, November to December 1936

caption: Head-taking; goitre and its prevention; funeral monument
medium: tours
person: Chingmak/ of Chingmei
ethnicgroup: Yimsungrr
location: Chingmei Panso
date: 21.11.1936
person: Mills/ J.P.
date: 11.1936-12.1936
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: 21st November
text: Halted. A day of rest and washing for men and coolies. I visited Chingmei village. The slaves are being kept there and seem better already, this being their third day of freedom. Soap is really what they need most. There is a fair collection of heads in Chingmei, the most famous being that of a Panso man who is said to have taken 50 himself. One of Chingmak's sons has contributed eight to the collection. Goitre is very bad, as it is in many villages round here. Salt from salt wells is believed, probably quite rightly, to be a preventative. Certainly villages with no salt wells seem to suffer most. There are a few Yimsungr men in the village, and there was a very fine funeral monument to one recently dead.