The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

published - 'Report of the Survey Operations in the Naga Hills 1875-1876' by Lt. R.G. Woodthorpe

caption: Nagas of the Kamahu area; clothing; marriage; stone platforms; garlic and panjies
medium: tours
location: Kamahu
person: Woodthorpe/ R.G.
date: 1875-1876
text: 23. The inhabitants differ only from the Tablungias in wearing a small waist flap, generally made of a woody fibre, woven into a coarse cloth. Here, as very generally I think in these hills, a youth having taken a fancy to a girl, either of his own or a neighbouring village, has to serve in her parents' house for a certain time, varying from one to two or more years, according to agreement, before he can marry her, as was Jacob's case. Outside the villages, within a circle of stones surrounding two trees, supporting a small platform, the harvest festivals take place. Large quantities of garlic are grown in these villages in small fenced gardens, panjies studding the ground between the plants.