The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript notes on the Zemi Nagas by Ursula Graham Bower

caption: stone monuments and ponds
caption: Thakwa-ki
medium: notes
person: Graham Bower/ Ursula
date: 1939-1946
refnum: Betts papers, ring binder 1
person: Centre for South Asian Studies, Cambridge
text: 5. Thakwa-ki.
text: Ponds or tanks called by this name are made in honour of rich men and called after them 'So-and-so's Pond.' The shape may be round, square or oblong; sometimes they are dug near the village spring and sometimes out in the jungle, but they are generally not far from the village. The man honoured, or his relatives if he be dead, must provide liberal baksheesh for the workers.
text: A pond is made in the name of one of the dekachang's young men at the feast called 'Matui-ra', and the bucks and girls of his dekachang go and dance before his house. He (or his father for him) is expected to present a buffalo or mithan to the young people or to be equally liberal with cash and other goods.
text: No amatory successes are necessary to qualify for a pond.