The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary five

caption: relationship kin terms ; boasting of sexual prowess
medium: diaries
person: MetlouYongang
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 4.6.1937
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: While discussing relationship terms (206) it came about that a man addresses all girls in his morung group as 'unia', a term he otherwise uses only for girls of other morungs who are considerably older. The others who are eligible to be married, he either does not address at all or if they are younger he uses their name. He can joke with them and make the most daring jests while he is extremely proper with girls of his own group. Success in love is proudly registered and not kept a secret. Metlou thinks he has slept with about twenty girls and Yongang says the young men are like dogs, whereever they can get a girl they will try their luck.