The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook ten

caption: family history and clan of Chingai; inheritance
medium: notes
person: Chingai
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Oting
date: 4.3.1937
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 24.2.1937-11.4.1937
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (60) Chingai's wife if of Longpho-yem clan. This is closely related to the Otikshuyem clan (like brothers) and doesn't intermarry with it. But now the Longphoyem is dying out. There is only Chingai's wife and her father's brother who has no children. Chingai took all the property of her father. In exchange he gave him to eat the last ten years of his life. Her father's brother, who is very old, adopted (61) a boy of Otikshuyem, who will inherit all his property. There are nine Otikshuyem houses. Formerly when a clan died out the Ang received the whole property of that clan. It was not his personal property, however, but all men of Ang clan could cultivate the land without paying for it. Only Ben people had to pay if they used such land. Daughters may inherit all moveable property (ornaments, pigs etc) but as long as there are any male members of the clan they can't inherit fields.