Oha luck-stones are kept at the foot of the head-tree (Image number G.014, J.P. Mills Photographic Collection)

Material Information

Oha luck-stones are kept at the foot of the head-tree (Image number G.014, J.P. Mills Photographic Collection)
Series Title:
Ancestral stones.
Mills, J. P. (James Philip), 1890-1960.
Hobson, Geraldine ( contributor )
Publication Date:
B&W photographic print 9.5x7 cm ( medium )


Subjects / Keywords:
Sacred stones ( lcsh )
एशिया -- भारत -- नगालैंड -- वोखा जिला
এশিয়া -- ভারত -- নাগাল্যান্ড
Naga (South Asian people) ( lcsh )
Naga ( ethnicity )
Lotha Naga ( ethnicity )
नागा ( ethnicity )
Spatial Coverage:
Asia -- India -- Nagaland -- Wokha District -- Longsa
26.058894 x 94.249359


Oha (luck-stones) are kept at the foot of the head-tree and have been counted by the village priest in front of the assembled village. If he finds that they have increased since the last counting, it is a good omen, since they are considered to be the abode of spirits. They are also sometimes kept by individuals in their houses or granaries. ( en )
General Note:
Date of photograph: 1919 April, ©1922
General Note:
Copyright held by the Estate of J.P. Mills. The Estate is currently (2015) represented by Geraldine Hobson.
General Note:
This item may be used under license: Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial (CC BY-NC)
General Note:
This photograph is part of album G. All the photographs in this album are of Lhotas and were taken in 1919, when Mills was based at Mokokchung, and engaged in writing The Lotha (Lhota) Nagas, published in 1922. Many of the images appear in that book. At this time the tribe numbered about 20,000, occupying the area of the Lower Doyang river, and bordered to the south by the Western Rengmas, to the north-east by the Aos, the south-east the Semas and the plains of Assam on the western side.
General Note:
Originally collected in Album G of the "J.P. Mills Photographic Collection". (Held in the SOAS, University of London, Archives and Special Collections.)
General Note:
Mills, J. P. (James Philip), 1890-1960. The Lhota Nagas. London : Macmillan & Co., Ltd., 1922. (LCCN: 23005149)
General Note:
Longsa is alternatively known as Lungsa, Nongsa, Nongse, and Nungsa
General Note:
VIAF ID: 2475026 (name authority) : Mills, J.P. (James Philip), 1890-1960
General Note:
VIAF ID: 24095368 (name authority) : Hobson, Geraldine
General Note:
Ethnologue reference:

Record Information

Source Institution:
SOAS, University of London
Holding Location:
Archives and Special Collections
Rights Management:
Image: © 1919, The Estate of J.P. Mills. Text: © 1996, Geraldine Hobson.
Resource Identifier:
PP MS 58/02/G/14 ( calm reference )