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 Sakhabama, then Kohima; Delahing's death blamed on a godling
medium: articlestours
date: 29.11.1923-30.11.1923
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 10.1923-11.1923
text: 29th. Double marched to Sakhabama, 20 miles where I learned that Delahing had died the night before shortly after passing Cheswezumi, without recovering consciousness.
text: 30th. To Kohima. I am told that occurrences similar to the case of Delahing have happened at that spot before. They are ascribed to a deota (godling) which appears to be in the nature of a poltergeist of some particularly potent description. One of the Zogazuma gaonburas was killed by it. It threw him about and wrestled with him and he was unable to see it. He died the day after, I think.