The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook three

caption: widows property and re-marriage
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 16.8.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 8.1936-6.1937
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (94) (crossed out: If a widow marries a man of her husband's clan, she gets half of the property, the other half goes to the husband's other clansmen.) If she marries however a man of another clan, she can take with her only her personal ornaments and utensils.
text: (crossed out: If she personally bought a field after her husband's death she can freely dispose of it and leave it to her children). As long as she lives with her children in her husband's house, all acquired property is automatically that of her sons ie. the property of the household. If there are no sons she doesn't stay in the house.
text: As long as a widow - with her children or alone - remains in her husband's house she has the usufruct of his property, the latter case however hardly ever happens.