The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

miscellaneous papers, notebooks and letters on Nagas by Ursula Graham Bower, 1937-1947

caption: theft
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Zemi
person: Graham Bower/ Ursula
date: 1937-1946
person: private collection
text: Thefts
text: Thefts of dhan from another village were punished - if the culprits were traced - by heavy fines, a mithan, a deo-moni necklace, or even land.
text: Thefts of dhan in the village are punished by small fines, if the culprit is caught, the shame being considered sufficient punishment. Young men out at night on their way to a girl occasionally see thieves in the granaries, but often leave the culprit and give the alarm in the village by shouting: "There's a thief in the village!"
text: The owner of the stolen rice cannot eat it, at least, in the Asalu group; half the thief keeps, half goes to the tingkhupeo and his assistants.
text: If a husband has the right to scold his wife for laziness or any other fault, she equally says her say if he is at fault over anything.
text: It is not right for either to help themselves freely to zu, dried meat or any other treats while the other is in the fields or away. A woman minding her children may cook a little titbit or so for them and have some herself, but to eat freely is not the done thing. A woman who does it habitually will find herself divorced.