The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript notes on the Zemi Nagas by Ursula Graham Bower

caption: status of women
caption: return of marriage price
medium: notes
person: Graham Bower/ Ursula
date: 1939-1946
refnum: Betts papers, ring binder 1
person: Centre for South Asian Studies, Cambridge
text: When the girl's marriage-price is returned by the parents the fowls, pigs, zu, mithan, and other things consumed during the wedding festivities are not refunded; but half the cash (or as decided by the court of elders) must be returned, together with the necklaces, cooking-pots and other consumable goods in kind. The other half of the cash is retained by the parents for expenses incurred at their daughter's wedding.