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 kienga
caption: groups based on membership of dormitories
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: 3. The Kienga
text: The kienga is that body of persons of all ages and both sexes who will spend, or are spending, or have spent, their years of adolescence in a given hangseoki or young men's dormitory or in the leoseoki or girls' dormitory associated with the hangseoki. Since every person must belong to a kienga the community is divided into two or more kienga whose boundaries cut across the other social divisions into moieties and tsami or into autochthons and aliens.