The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary four

caption: adultery and bridal pregnancy
medium: diaries
person: YongangMedzou
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 20.2.1937
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 12.2.1937-31.3.1937
note: translated from german by Dr Ruth Barnes
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: I then worked for some time with Yongang who told me some marital tales, among them was also Medzou's whose first wife was snatched away from him by an Angban man after one year of marriage, and whose second wife already was pregnant when he married her. The child's father is Yongna of the Balang. (37) My questions yesterday therefore about what happens in such a case were a grave 'faux pas'. Again and again it is emphasized that it is quite usual in Wakching to marry girls who already are pregnant by another man. The children then belong to the clan of the mother's spouse and are fully entitled to inheritance.