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: third Feast of Merit; final feast
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: Two years after constructing a kamarum-ki the feast-giver may, if he has the means, give notice of his intention to proceed to the third feast and the construction of the house known as kapeo-ki. This is identical in form with a kamarum-ki but the feasts are on a larger scale and the ritual differs in detail. In 1941 the cost of a kapeo-ki feast was reckoned by the Central Nzemi as Rs. 500/-. Following kapeo-ki the celebrator may, after a further two-year interval, announce his intention of performing the final feast in the series by constructing a hekwi-ki. From the time of announcement until the completion of the house the feast-giver and his wife must abstain from intercourse, and the final ceremonies include ritual connection. The feasts at the building of a hekwi-ki are on a very large scale and are estimated to have cost (at pre-1942 rates) the equivalent of Rs. 1,000/-.