The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

typescript - Tour Diary of Keith Cantlie, 1919-1920

caption: oath taking; fever
medium: tours
location: Satakha
date: 22.11.1919-23.11.1919
person: Cantlie/ Keith
date: 1919-1920
refnum: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
text: 22nd November.
text: To Satakha - Sema Gaonburas from Sakhalu's village to Chenakasami and Khuivi present in crowds. I settled some petty cases - the cases started in earnest with two Gaonburas older than I had ever seen before, disputing as to a mithan calf killed in a rage because it was eating crops. It was explained that the opinion of the assembly was that these were very respectable old men but that as the matter was one of Rs. 30/- it was not advisable to hear the oaths which either side wanted to give, as old age produces such a fondness for money that oaths are not sacred. I got a bad go of fever.
text: 23rd November.
text: In bed with fever.