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: young men's clothing and activities
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: He is now a rahangmi, an unmarried youth. His parents indulge him as much as they can afford in dress and ornaments; his costume is handsome and distinctive, and he takes great pains with his hair-style and with the cleanliness of his person. He acquires adult weapons, a dao and spear. As a boy he was disciplined by his patron and the other young men of the kienga; he now comes directly under the orders of the warden of the young men's house (hangseoki-kazeipeo) and the two leaders of the young men (hangseo-mui-te-peo). (54)