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: Lhota marriage
medium: notes
person: MerweriImlongPandil
ethnicgroup: Lhota
location: Merapani Bhandari
person: Archer/ W.G.
date: 1946-1948
refnum: 14:7
text: DC
text: 1. Merweri at Merapani - he pays no rent to Nagas of Bhandari - and no shop tax to Govt.
text: Genna for Lhotas to keep more than 7 wives. Lhota morungs everywhere in decay.
text: Intermarriage between different Naga tribes is quite possible. Imlong (Chang) - Ao girl. Inspector Pandil (Lhota) - Angami.
text: Lhota - can marry anyone as first wife who is not of his own clan - eg. another tribe of Nagas. Assamese etc. - Once he has a first wife, all subsequent wives must be of same clan and with first wife's consent. If not of her clan, compensation of Rs. 10/- to her father in law or residuary guardian - eg. if first wife is Lhota and second wife is Angami, compensation has to be paid.
text: This is flexible system due to ? Nagas weak sense of the tribe.