The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript notes made by W.G. Archer between 1946 & 1948, and miscellaneous papers and letters

caption: attitude to sex before marriage
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Yimchungr
location: Cheshorr
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 1946-1948
refnum: 16:26
text: Yimchungr - Cheshorr.
text: Convention is that unmarried boys and girls must have no relations before marriage - if they do, this against the tribal law and can only be done in secret. At same time a convention that when a man dies, a tally of breasts is put on his memorial structure - one pair for every girl he enjoyed before his marriage - nothing is noted for his wife - the meaning is that he will love them again in the realm of the dead - in Cheshorr one memorial with 4 pairs of breasts. If a man had had only one girl before marriage, he would get a single pair of breasts. Divorce is very rare.