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: ownership of land by tsami or extended family
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 tsami may own agricultural land. Much of this may have been acquired at so early a date that nothing is known of how it came to be a tsami possession, but other holdings may have been bequeathed to the tsami by its members or bought by them acting together, and as a result it is rarely in a single large piece but consists of a number of small parcels of land more or less widely scattered. The right of usufruct from tsami land passes in order of age through the men of the tsami, irrespective of their fathers' seniority. The following table will make this point clear.

text: (39) Kilungba has died and has been succeeded by his eldest son Rintening. Rintening's younger brother has predeceased him, so he will be succeeded by his eldest son Lungdiliang. [10 [Record T86770]