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: woman's relations with the kienga
caption: memorials to women after death
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: In married life a woman has little or no connection with (85) her kienga. The connection is, however, resumed at death, and the kienga is largely responsible for her funeral arrangements and ceremonies. No stone memorial is set up over a woman's grave- shaft, but the wooden memorial known as mpa-na-bang is set by the grave, as for a man, immediately after the funeral. For a woman the pendant ornaments are spindles and spindle-whorls instead of hornbill's feathers.