The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

book : Return to the Naked Nagas (1939;1976)

caption: Chapter Twenty-four. The World Beyond
caption: ethical rules enforced by Gods
medium: books
person: Dzeamang
ethnicgroup: Konyak
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 6.1936-6.1937
text: Gawang watches over the numerous taboos and sees that they are observed. When once I ask Dzeamang, a young man of Ang clan, whether during the meals in the field-houses he too may eat from the same dish as the girls of Ben clan, he answers quite spontaneously: "Of course, I should like to eat with them, but Gawang sees it." Therefore he does not dare eat with commoners.