The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary four

caption: marriage customs; residence at marriage
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Namsang
date: 20.3.1937
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
seealso: notebook 7 p.133ff
text: In the afternoon I took down the marriage customs which are radically different from those of Wakching. (Notebook 7 p. 133 ff.) It is remarkable that a woman remains with her parents and continues to sleep in the girls' morung even after the birth of a child born in her husband's house. (213) Only after several years she moves permanently in with her husband. Often when the first child is already six years old. But if her parents are poor this time may be reduced to a minimum.