The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

Furer-Haimendorf manuscript spiral bound notebook two

caption: incest case
medium: notes
person: Kohotio/ of Ghokwi
ethnicgroup: Sema
location: Shevekhe (Shovehke)
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 2.6.1936-12.1936
note: [konyak] means text omitted
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (7) Informant: Kohotio of Ghokwi, head Sema dobashi.
text: Village: Shovehke (Sema)
text: Chief: Khehovi
text: three sons incl. Satoi, son by his senior wife, one daughter by another wife
text: innocent accused: Sahozu
text: (8) Other brothers were complaining about the conduct: "Don't forget that this girl is your sister". Daughter admitted that Satoi had lain with her her when she was laying with fever in the house. Satoi is married and lives in his own house. Daughter first told women.
text: 3rd Sema incest case
text: Though it is perfectly clear that Satoi is the father of the child, the girl pretended Sahozu had had intercourse with her on a special day while going down to the fields. Sahozu (9) denies that and is supported by two witnesses who had been with them in the fields at the day in question. Khehovi simply ignores the evident guilt of his son, and tries to push all the blame on Sahozu. But the brothers of Satoi would give in their life in an oath sworn by Satoi, because they know perfectly well that he is the father. Custom doesn't offer any solution for the case, for as all customs and gennas are broken, the case is somehow outside custom.