The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

published - extracts on the Nagas from 'Census of India, 1931 - Volume III - Assam Report'

caption: Appendix B. (1). The Western Rengma Nagas
caption: stone seats; houses; Feasts of Merit; house horns
medium: reports
ethnicgroup: Rengma <Western
location: Tesophenyu
person: Mullan/ C.S.Mills/ J.P.
date: 1931
text: 8. Circular, or, more usually, semicircular, stone seats are made by the sides of paths. Upright stones help to strengthen the wall. Sometimes a man makes one during life as a memorial to himself, and sometimes a widow or a son makes one as a memorial to a dead man. It is particularly common for a son to make one as a memorial to his father if he has been having bad crops, and these seats are believed to recapture the lost fertility of the parents. Any one may sit on them.
text: 9. Houses are of wood, bamboo and thatch. Planks for the front wall and porch may only be used by a man who has given the first of four feasts of merit.
text: 10. (a) The shape of the front porch of the house varies according to the distance the owner has progresses in the series of feasts of merit. In Tesophenyu a man who has completed the series puts up "house horns" of the Angami pattern, but smaller.
text: (b) A man who has given the feasts of merit wears a dark blue cloth with white bands and red lines at the edge. His daughter may wear a body cloth ornamented with circles of cowries.