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 three - the Ram or village community
caption: the moieties and the Tsami
caption: myth of origin of moieties
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: The myth of origin of the moieties is as follows. It may be noted that the names Nriami and Neomi are in fact plural, although they appear in the myth as the names of individuals. -Mi as a suffix has the meaning 'people' and appears in Nzemi words denoting tribes or sections of the community; for example, Nroami (Kabui Nagas), katsingmi (elders). (36)
text: Nriami was the son of a female spirit called Heratingrangpui. One day an egg fell from the sky and landed near Nriami's house; he built a fence round it and watched it, and at last it broke open and Neomi came out. Nriami then claimed that he was the elder and therefore the master, but Neomi disputed this, saying that he came from heaven [3 [Record T86763][Record T86764][Record T86765]