The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

published - extracts from 'Account of the valley of Munnipore and of the Hill Tribes' by Major W. McCulloch

caption: supernatural beliefs
medium: articles
ethnicgroup: Koupooee
person: McCulloch/ Major W.
date: 1858
refnum: from: Selections from the Records of the Government of India, No. 27 (Calcutta) 1859
text: They believe there is a supreme God, the creator of all things, that death is not annihilation, but that there is a future state. Besides this Supreme Being they believe in the existence of many others Deities. To these, for residence, they assign certain localities as the highest peaks or great crags impracticable to the climber. They propitiate these with offerings of goats, fowls, eggs, ginger, cotton, or even a twig, or a leaf plucked from any plant. Heaps of these votive leaves may be noticed by the traveller near the crests of the hills devoutly dropped there by the hill-man with a silent prayer for the protection of the Divinity.