The house of the Great Ang of Chi

Scope and Content

B&W photographic print. 'The Great Angs, such as those of Mon and Chi, are aristocratic and powerful sacred chiefs, choosing their wives only from their own Great Ang clan. They hold supreme power, and among Naga tribes their villages are unusual in that the house of the Ang is larger and more important than the Morung (men's house). The Ang's house shown here is a fine building 117 paces long. The pillars of one of the stone seats, on which only the Ang may sit, (see also photograph PP MS 58 image number C.023) are visible in front, and beside them a conical pile of small erect stones with a Euphorbia growing on the top. Another stone is added for each head taken. A photograph of this same building appears in a Nagaland Tourism Department publicity booklet available in 1996. The photograph, taken from the same angle, shows very little change, and the euphorbias growing on the pile of stones are still there.'

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Note

Ethnic group: Naga

Ethnic group: Konyak Naga

Chui is alternately spelled Chi

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

12 x 7 cm

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Copyright held by J.P. Mills