The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf notebook twelve

caption: kin avoidance
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 9.4.1937
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: (73) There is "shame" between son-in-law and mother-in-law, mostly they are both of the same morung group, but even if they are e.g. of Bala and Angban (the wife being Thepong) there is "shame", but they may talk and chew betel together, but they don't eat from the same plate. Husband and wife eat from different plates, "somebody may come and see them eating from the same plate, therefore they eat from different ones because they would feel ashamed".