DRUMS BEHIND THE HILL by Ursula Graham Bower
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A good deal of personal as well as anthropological interest in this account of some nine years spent in the Manipur hills in the northeast corner of India among some headhunting (but actually very mild) tribes known as the Nagas. There are the expected dangers and privations of a life such as this, filth, disease, malaria, tigers, forest fire, famine, ending with the threat of the Japanese during the war years; there are the intelligent, and orderly, traditions which govern these native villages and some of the less reasonable superstitions, sacrificial rites, spirits and poltergeists; there was her continuously happy relationship with them (they called her ""mother"", ""goddess"") and its end as after a sudden courtship by an English officer stationed there during the war she was married him. A record which contributes much which is unknown and unusual in a very readable rendition.

Publisher: Morrow