The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook one

caption: Thevo, or village priest, of the Eastern Angamis
caption: succession
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Angami> Eastern
location: Chakhabama Pfesa-Chadumi
date: 2.6.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 6.1936-6.1937
note: [konyak] means text omitted
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: Succession:
text: The Thewo is succeeded by his oldest near relative in the male line - not necessarily by his eldest son.
text: Examples:
text: In Pfesa-Chadumi the Chidotsomi clan provides the Thewo. Here Iyini was Thewo and died this year. They think that Shitso, his first cousin (they have a common grandfather) is going to succeed, - but he can't be established till after harvest. For Iyini (8) died after the sowing of millet and nothing can be done until the end of the agricultural year. Iyini has got an unmarried son, who is too young to succeed, - but he might succeed when Shitso dies.
text: Shitso is a man under forty, and is considered as too young for the position of Thewo. But as there is nobody else in Iyini's family who could succeed it is almost certain that Shitso will be elected.
text: Pfesa-Chadumi forms an exception among the Eastern Angami villages, as there is no fixed house-site on which the Thewo must live. Iyini's son (9) will go on to live on the house site of his father, - Shitso will live in his own old house.