The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

printed - tour diary of the Deputy Commissioner of the Naga Hills for the year 1870-1872 (John Butler) volume two

caption: mapping Merheemah, see Naga village burnt by Maniporis
medium: tours
location: Tekatenga Mt. Merema (Merheemah)
date: 15.1.1871
person: Butler/ John
date: 22.11.1870-17.2.1873
note: inaccurate spelling in the original text
text: 15th January, Sunday. Halted and accompanied Mr. Ogle on to the hills lying south west of the Iekatenga peak from a point on which he was enabled to fix the position of Merheemah or Muramkhorlel the village to which we proceed tomorrow.
text: This morning we had occular proof of the description of authority exercised by the Munneepuries in witnessing the utter destruction of a Naga village situated some 12 miles to the south east of camp. My attention was first drawn to it by seeing a crowd of Nagas apparently most eagerly watching a long dense column of smoke which rising from a point on one of the southern ridges of the Burrail range was slowly rolling over the valley. On enquiry I was informed that a war party from that village had suddenly fallen upon three coolies of a neighbouring village and had killed one of them after having most horribly mutilated him and as the Government had been unable to obtain possession of the actual murderers the order had been passed to "saf kuro" the village.