The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: clans in Dimasa village
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Dimasa
location: Waphu (Bara Wapu)
date: 14.8.1970
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 8.8.1970-8.9.1970
person: private collection
text: 14/8/1970 Bara Wapu. Dimasa village.
text: Owun clan: Naidingsa Gaonbura of this clan. Clans are exogamous, with one exception. In the Diungmak there is the Thaosensa clan.
text: This remained as border outpost. They were alone and sought permission from the king to marry within the clan.
male clan: sengpong
female clan: jadi
text: Clans in Bara Wapu:
__male clans: Langthasa
text: All male clans have their separate deities, both male and female. The only female clan with its own deity is Madaimani - it is a male deity. Non-Kacharis could be adopted in the clan. Such a person was given a male or a female clan. This practice does not survive. Girls are of their mother's clan, and are known by that, but nowadays girls write their father's name as surname. There is only one nodrang (morung) in the village (no = house, drang has no meaning).