The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary three

caption: pre-marital and extra-marital sex
medium: diaries
person: YongangDzemang
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 29.12.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 28.11.1936-11.2.1937
note: translated from german by Dr Ruth Barnes
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: When Yongang and the chowkidar had joined us the talk turned to Dzemang, Pongyong's son, who recently married an Ang girl from Chingtang. However, she will move to Wakching only in about a year's time. So far this marriage is only a very theoretical affair as neither spouse visits the other, but this abstinence should not be too difficult to endure for the young woman as Yongang assured me that the Chingtang youth now still take full advantage of the time (129) before the village will lose the young beauty, and that they entertain themselves with her to their hearts desire. While Dzemang cannot object to this, it can only be hoped that this way the young woman may become pregnant soon and will have to move in with her lawful husband. He in the meantime in turn enjoys the Wakching girls.