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 individual's relations with the kienga
caption: transfer of boys to men's dormitory
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: 4. The Individual's Relations with the kienga
text: At about the age of four a boy ceases to sleep with his mother on the "women's bed". He remains at home, playing with boys of the same general age and living, eating and sleeping in his parents' house until about the age of seven, and up till then has little or no connection with his kienga. From then on he begins to frequent the hangseoki of his kienga, wandering in to watch the members' activities and to listen to their talk. At this stage he will sleep sometimes at home and sometimes in the (52) hangseoki, to which he is gradually transferring his interests. At about nine or ten he ceases to sleep at home, though he returns there for meals and when ill and in need of nursing, and from this stage until marriage he sleeps in, spends most of his time in, and centres his activities in the hangseoki.