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: scented creeper worn as decoration
medium: notes
person: Graham Bower/ Ursula
date: 1937-1946
person: private collection
text: Nam-nieng
text: This scented creeper, whose leaves are worn as decoration by the young bucks because of its alleged attraction for the opposite sex, is often hung on the front cross-beam of the dekachang. Whoever finds a fallen leaf from this first thing in the morning will "get" a tiger, bear, pig, girl [?] etc. The young men hunt for a leaf first thing in the morning, not as a body; but any early rise takes a torch and has a look.