The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

miscellaneous papers, notebooks and letters on Nagas by Ursula Graham Bower, 1937-1947

caption: theft
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Zemi
person: Graham Bower/ Ursula
date: 1937-1946
person: private collection
text: Petty theft is not, and was not, punished. Major thefts are not common and were settled by restitution of the stolen goods; may still be.
text: Sometimes the whole village was called together in the case of a major theft, for identification of the thief. He was to be recognised by his demeanour. This was done although the thief was not known, with the idea of inflicting shame. It was "great shame" for his relatives and clan.
text: A real bad thief might be expelled from the village (cf. case of boy who stole buffalo & sold it).