The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript notes on the Zemi Nagas by Ursula Graham Bower

caption: marriage and relations between the sexes
caption: wives to the dead
medium: notes
date: 5.2.1946
person: Graham Bower/ Ursula
date: 1939-1946
person: Centre for South Asian Studies, Cambridge
text: On 5.2.1946 there was a death in the village. When I asked next morning who had died, I was told "the lower dekachang malik's wife. She was a very old woman". This seemed odd, as the 'malik' is man in his forties. From further enquiry it appeared that the lady was his mother, wife of his father and predecessor in office as malik, who had been dead for years.