The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga notebook six

caption: illegitimate children
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 21.9.1936
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 28.8.1936-26.10.1936
refnum: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: When an unmarried girl has a child, the child is given to the father (if the latter is married his wife may even suckle it). The father gives usually one laya to the parents of the girl and he may also pay them for keeping the child for about 6 months in which case it is suckled by its mother. (142) The child belongs in any case to his father's clan. The girl usually marries then another man who has given the ordinary, not a reduced, bride-price.