The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary five

caption: list of inhabitants of Thepong morung, personal details
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 19.5.1937
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 1.4.1937-26.6.1937
note: translated from german by Dr Ruth Barnes
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (162) Late in the afternoon I started the list of inhabitants of the Thepong morung for which Yongang helped me. In house 1 there is the case of a widow who married her husband's brother. Here it was Tamai (Nokanokphung, Angban) who married Kunba, her husband's brother. As she is already quite old and Kunba a very young man, the marriage has actually not been consummated. I think it is quite possible that, like Shankok, Kunba will refuse to start having intercourse even later. There is a similar case in house 6. Here Yonglang married Pheangna (Yinyunghu, Balang) without establishing marital relations. Pheangna had a child from another man but she stayed with her parents with the child. But a formal divorce has not been initiated so far. But the most remarkable case is Dangba, house 15, who is a true Khoknok man and has married a woman, Shikna, of the Metahu but of his own morung. The older people shook their heads because of this breach of traditional customs but no one lifted a finger to prevent him from doing it. (163) Both spouses had previously had children from other marriages but these all died. No one is surprised that they have no children together although they have been married for many years. Nearby, houses 19 and 20, live two old couples who never have had children. Here in the Thepong as well there are several people from other villages especially from Chinglong.