The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga notebook five

caption: divorce
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 1.9.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 25.8.1936-5.5.1937
refnum: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: When a man divorces his wife, the woman's relatives will call one of the Neangba's (which ever they like) to settle the case. He goes to the husband, after the relatives have decided what fine they demand from the husband, and asks for the fine, which is usually eight "layas". If the man has not got eight "layas" then he (23) gives fields or pigs, - one field or pig instead of one laya. This is of course only asked if the wife hadn't given a good reason to her husband to divorce her. If she had committed adultery, the culprit is fined with the layas. If he wants to marry her, he is fined 8 layas and may marry her. If a woman leaves her husband without good reason, she or her relatives have to pay him seven layas. If a husband commits adultery with a widow or an unmarried girl, he has to pay (24) three layas to his wife's relatives.