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: to Hajaichak; excessive greeting; Gaidiliu affair
medium: diaries
location: Hajaichak
date: 18.3.1940
person: Graham Bower/ Ursula
person: private collection
text: (38) Hajaichak. March 18th.
text: Rain about again; we marched through more dense forest by a wiggly wet Naga path. Were over-taken by the "badmash" from Longkai, & 3 boys. Destination & purpose of journey not stated. Was met outside village by deputation of elders, etc. with liquor. Village straggling steeply down spur. Was met by elder after elder, who fell at my feet and embraced them and called me "Mother". ("Mai" or "Apui", according to linguistic attainments. NB. "Herapui" apparently means "goddess". Gumtuing now (15/6/40) had taken to calling me "Rani",; Baladan weighed in with "Rani- Mai", and practically everyone else except the sophisticated "Apui".
text: Further Note: "Apui" (used in personal address) does mean mother. Herapui (used in compliment when speaking of one to a third person) does mean "goddess". Usual form of address when speaking to another Naga is "Shebpui" - 'female Sahib". )
text: Eventually attained perao, which was next to local wash-hole and full of flies and lowing mithan. H. of P. straight opposite cookhouse and defended by barrage of mithan and dung. Did not patronise same! Mithan bellowing round the place all night. Masang loped off home after dark, with a torch of reeds.
text: Passed row of small upright stones [36] memorial to gentleman who had affairs with that number of girls.