The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary four

caption: Shankok's family history
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: On our way home an interesting matter was brought up by Shankok quite by coincidence. His mother first was married to an Angban man but was having an affair with Shouba, Shankok's father. Shankok however as the son of his mother's spouse was born into the Angban and therefore was considered to be an Angban male for a short while. But his father said: "Is my son to grow up in the house of another man?", abandoned his first wife and took in Shankok's mother and Shankok himself. He paid high compensations both to her husband and to his first wife, more than twenty layas to the former. He tore down his old house and built a new one.