The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary four

caption: courtship practices and first sexual relations
medium: diaries
person: Shankok
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 12.3.1937
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: Shankok also told me that a shy young man can send out a small boy of his morung to enquire from his adored one whether she wishes to receive his visit. If she agrees he will go to her house himself the next evening with his cloak pulled over his head so that he is not recognised so easily. Quietly he knocks against the wall of the house and if the girl comes out they sit together on the small platform, exchange pan and betel and whisper to each other.
text: If a girl is young and shy this harmless entertainment in front of the house may go on for some months but gradually the boy talks his beauty into coming into the dark ante-room of the house immediately behind the entrance where usually there also is a machan and as the girl as Shankok says agrees with her heart but still refuses with her mouth, the boy sometimes uses gentle force and pulls the only slightly resisting girl into the house by her wrists.
text: (170) The first intercourse usually happens on the small machan in the ante-room. The lovers do not fear to be interrupted by the girl's parents but they are embarrassed to be seen by the girl's brother, but he is rarely in the house but either in the morung or on amorous adventures of his own. When the lovers know each other better the girl then agrees to spend a whole night in the rice granary with him.