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: taboos
medium: notes
person: Woodthorpe/ R.G.
date: 1881
refnum: given at a meeting of the Anthropological Institute, 1881
text: Among the Angamis a description of "Tabu" is very much in vogue. It is declared on every occasion; on the birth of a child, or death of one of a family, the house is tabued for five days, and no one is allowed to go in or out, except the inmated of the house. An accidental death or fire in a village places the whole village under the tabu is declared.