The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

published - J.H. Hutton, Diaries of Two Tours in the Unadministered Area East of the Naga Hills', 1926

caption: Second Tour
caption: to Mon; some coolies run away; Ang of Mon's house; stone sitting place; pile of stones representing heads taken; elephants skulls; hot stones used to dry paddy
medium: articlestours
person: Ahon
location: Mon Totok (Longphong)
date: 21.10.1923
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 10.1923-11.1923
text: Oct. 21st. - To Mon - about 10 miles, camping below the village at 3,350 ft. On the way we passed through Longphong after passing which eight of our coolies ran away, but Ahon managed to get them back again, and we got on after only half an hour's delay.
text: The Ang of Mon has a fine house (Pl. 8, fig. 1
text: We noticed again here the dodge of drying paddy before use by putting it into a long wooden trough and pouring in hot stones. It gives it a slightly burnt taste which is perceptable in the modhu brewed from it, and which is said to improve the taste of rice which has been dried in the sun, merely, before husking. The custom seems to be adopted by all the villages here. Can it be an adapted survival of the pre-pottery age, when cooking was done this way with hot stones ?
text: Representatives from Phuktong and Sengha (Yingsha-Huong) came in. Both are dependencies of Mon.