The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook twelve

caption: incest
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 24.3.1937
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 24.3.1937-27.4.1937
note: [konyak] means text omitted
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: The punishment for incest
text: within the clan is exile. (11) Last year a Bala man, Yongyo of Leunok clan, (his nick-name Yongyo ou-niu (ou-niu = hen) because he is like a female chicken!) committed incest with his father's brother's daughter, Shekio (nickname Shekio ou-lau = because she had eyes like a bird). She was first married to Chinyang (Aukh. 37), he divorced her and gave 6 layas. Then she lived in her cousin (Yongyo's) house and they committed incest, though he is married. Both were formally exiled. Shikio went to Wanching. This year (12) Yanang (Yanahu, Thepong) fetched her from Wanching and married her. Yongyo never actually left Wakching, but he left his house and lives now in the house of one of his clansmen. His wife stayed in his house with their two sons. Without formally divorcing his wife, Yongyo married Shuiang (Yanahu, Thepong).