The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

diaries kept by Ursula Graham Bower on visits to Manipur and North Cachar between 1937 and 1940

caption: Ukhrul to Phadang
medium: diaries
person: LuikaiMaguleng
date: 26.2.1939
person: Graham Bower/ Ursula
person: private collection
text: (166) Saturday, 26th Feb. Phadang 10.
text: Got off about 9 a.m. with 8 house tax coolies and my one Ukhrul (pipe-smoker) friend. Arrived at Phadang to find we were not expected. Luckily, as I could hardly crawl up the hill. Basha floor rotten, and we all fell through it by turns. Phadang village had a funeral on. Held dispensary. Luikai now doing complete bearer, waiting, laying table, etc. Tried a fire in basha and got kippered, so had to put it out. Heard someone in cookhouse give superb imitation of Dunc. calling his bearer - "Ma-leng!" (no answer) "Maguleng!" Must have been one of the Ukhrul two, but very clever. Meant to inquire and then didn't. H. of P. world's most gorgeously public - lean-too with main side open to jungle, no side walls to speak of an a large doorway (less door) on the side nearest the cookhouse. Was so overcome I was nearly moved to poetry.