The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

published - 'Notes on the Wild Tribes Inhabiting the So-Called Naga Hills, on our North-East Frontier of India', by Col. R.G. Woodthorpe, 1881

caption: oracles
medium: notes
person: Woodthorpe/ R.G.
date: 1881
refnum: given at a meeting of the Anthropological Institute, 1881
text: I remember once, just after Captain Butler's death, when we were again advancing into the hills, coming across the evidences of an intended ambuscade; little spaces had been cleared in the tall grass on either side of the path, sufficient to allow of a man crouching in each of them, and each was provided with a small heap of stones. Here the oracle had been consulted by cutting little chips from a piece of wood an noticing how they fell. On that occasion the oracles were not favourable to hostilities, and we were unmolested.