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: rice; yams, corn and beans
medium: articles
person: Stewart/ Lt.Chingtung Komba/ Raja of Munnipore
ethnicgroup: KookieKhongjai
person: McCulloch/ Major W.
date: 1858
refnum: from: Selections from the Records of the Government of India, No. 27 (Calcutta) 1859
text: Kookie rice is of a different and superior species to that of the other "Jhoom" cultivating tribes, they say it was given to them by Chingtung Komba, Raja of Munnipore, who came amongst them during the wanderings enforced on him by the Burmese. If so, their rice is very probably that of the Munnipore valley, modified by the alteration of soil and climate. Yams and other edible roots, Indian corn, several kinds of grain adapted to high altitudes, and pulses of different sorts they cultivate in large quantities. The Thlungums and Changsels are (62) greater rice eaters than the Thados, who again excel in that respect the Hankeep clans. They speak with much relish of a peculiar bean called "Ga," which, after having been steeped for some days in a running stream, to take away its deleterious properties, is boiled in water, the liquid forming an exciting drink without causing intoxication.