The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

published - extracts from 'Descriptive Ethnography of Bengal' on Nagas by E.T. Dalton

caption: Section 7. (2) - The Kukis
caption: idea of future state (paradise): encouragement of hospitality and murder
medium: articles
person: Dalton/ E.T.
date: 1872
text: The paradise of a Kuki is a place situated in some northern region, exclusively devoted to Kuki shades, where rice grows spontaneously and game abounds - the happy hunting fields. All the enemies he has killed will be in attendance on him as slaves, and the animals of all kinds that he has eaten with his friends will live again as his farm stock. This system has the peculiar merit of encouraging unbounded hospitality.