The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary one

caption: inheritance rules in practice
medium: diaries
person: ShankokChinyang
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 17.8.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 2.6.1936-11.7.1936
note: translated from german by Dr Ruth Barnes
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
seealso: notebook 3,p.94
text: (193) Wakching 17/8/1936. When I talked today at Shankok's house with his brother, (his sister showed me her beautiful strings of beads, the so called spirit money, each one certainly Rs. 140 worth), I found out a few additional aspects concerning inheritance rules to those Chinyang had given to me the day before yesterday. Shankok indeed inherited Shou-ba's entire property in land and fields. He will assign generous parts to his younger brothers but these may not be sold. However, in addition, Shouba left Rs. 500 in cash to each of his younger sons and also a big and a small necklace each. The daughters received Rs. 100 each and three of the big valuable necklaces. They can do with them as they wish and can pass them on to their children. The younger sons do indeed have absolute ownership of the money, not however of the necklaces as they may not sell them. (see notebook 3 p. 94 for the property position regarding a widow). For two baskets of rice which have been borrowed, three are returned after one year, four after two and so on, always one basket more per year.