The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

miscellaneous papers, notebooks and letters on Nagas by Ursula Graham Bower, 1937-1947

caption: stone-dragging accident
medium: notes
person: Namkia
ethnicgroup: Zemi
location: Impoi
person: Graham Bower/ Ursula
date: 1937-1946
person: private collection
text: Many years ago Impoi were dragging a memorial stone for some celebrity, when the man nearest it slipped and fell under it. His neighbours shouted to the gang to stop, but there were so many of them that no one heard above the ho-hoing. One man at the scene of the accident snatched his dao and cut the drag-ropes, whereupon the whole gang of haulers fell flat, but the man under the stone was dead. Seeing that the stone was accursed, they brought wood and built a fire round the stone and then poured water on so that it shattered.
text: N.I.
text: Remains of the stone are to be seen near the bridle-road about a quarter of a mile west of Impoi, where the old, deeply-cut path to Impoi is visible for some distance in the jungle. The man is said to have dreamed that he had put on a wet body-cloth the night before. Close by is another flat stone, quite close to the present road. When some young men were hunting a deer, it leapt over this stone and came down on and killed a boy lying down on the far side of it.