The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

typescript 'Village Organization Among the Central Nzemi Nagas', M.A. thesis by Ursula Betts

caption: chapter two - the village
caption: the kuloa
caption: main room and cooking arrangement; furniture and baskets
caption: storage room and spare room
medium: theses
ethnicgroup: Nzemi
person: Betts/ U.V.
date: 1950
refnum: M.A. thesis, University College, London
note: footnotes indicated by boxes within square brackets
text: Behind this front room is the main room (ki-lung: "within the house"), earth-floored like the front room, and 15 feet long. There are no windows and it is almost pitch-dark. In the right-hand part of the room, away from the draught through the doors in the left-hand part, is the hearth (mang). There are three stones (ntsa) [8 [Record T86712][Record T86713]
text: Behind this main room is a third room or walled-in porch (ki-tsai-nkwoa-ki: "the room behind the house") which is used either for storage or is occupied by members of the household other than the householder, his wife and his young children, for example, by an aged parent, or by a widowed daughter or sister who has returned to her father's or brother's house to await remarriage. It may also be occupied by a recently-married son and his wife who have not yet built a house of their own. In the same way, a daughter lives in the back room of her father's house for the first year of her marriage and is visited there by her husband.