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: letters from Ursula Graham Bower
caption: women; spitting
medium: lettersnotes
date: 30.3.1939
person: Graham Bower/ Ursula
date: 1937-1946
person: private collection
text: All the women who have nothing else to do have come into the basha uninvitd and are having a field-day among my possessions while I sit like an island of concentration in the middle. I wouldn't mind so much if they didn't smell so much and spit so liberally. There is a refreshing lack of the conventions among the ladies of Jessami. A girl has just spat on the floor, I have roared with rage, and they have all fled. They all spit furiously in their own houses, but I object to the custom in mine.
text: This is not a bad basha by any means, but it's rather liberally provided with cracks to which eyes can be applied, and the local young are incredibly inquisitive.