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 four - the village administration
caption: the village court
caption: oaths as ordeals; methods of oath taking
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: Oaths are very seldom resorted to in the village court, though district officers faced with difficult cases have sometimes had recourse to them. Among the Central Nzemi an oath is not a simple affirmation of the truth of evidence, but is a dangerous ordeal. The swearer pledges his own life and the lives of his kin on the truth of his statement and it is implicitly believed that perjury is invariably followed by the death of the perjurer himself or by that of one or more of his close relatives. [7 [Record T86813]