The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

published - extracts on Nagas from 'Assam Administration Report'

caption: Nagas
caption: Relations with Tributary States and Frontier Affairs
caption: the Eastern Angamis
medium: reports
person: Thepama khel/ RazamaDima khel/ Razama
ethnicgroup: Angami <EasternMemi
location: Razama
date: 1901
date: 1902
text: Except for a riot between two khels of the Memi Naga village of Razama, everything was quiet on the Eastern Angami political control area. In the Razama case some salt was stolen from a man of the Thepama khel, and in discussing the matter the Thepama and Dima khels finally came to blows. They agreed to fight the matter out, and drew up in two lines, facing each other about five years apart, in an open space in the centre of the village. They carried shields and sharpened bamboos, and wore helmets. Taking shelter behind their shields, they hurled the sharpened bamboos and threw large stones provided by the women over the tops of their shields. They were eventually separated by the other khels, but not till 28 people had been injured, some of them severely. The ringleaders were sent to jail and the khels fined Rs. 500. The Naked Nagas of Melomi, Sohemi, and Lapvomi, and the Nagas of Temimi and Primi, came in several times to ask for assistance against the Aishan Kukis, who are harassing them. The Eastern Angami villages across our border are also continually praying to be taken under our protection, as they fear the Kukis on the one side and the Semas on the other.