The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf Naga diary on his return to Nagaland, 1970

caption: marriage, divorce and bride price
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Zemi
location: Laisong
date: 18.8.1970
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 12.8.1970-9.9.1970
person: private collection
text: (39) We also talked about marriage. There is a custom of paying a bride price, - up to Rs 600/- at present. Divorce and remarriage is possible, but not frequent. A cuckolded husband cannot - it appears - demand compensation from his wife's lover. Yet, the men said that fines are imposed in disputes over women. Clearly more information is required.