The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

published - 'Notes on the Wild Tribes Inhabiting the So-Called Naga Hills, on our North-East Frontier of India', by Col. R.G. Woodthorpe, 1881

caption: bachelor's houses (morung)
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: RengmahSehmahLhota
person: Woodthorpe/ R.G.
date: 1881
refnum: given at a meeting of the Anthropological Institute, 1881
text: A peculiarity among all these non-kilted tribes, which again distinguishes them from the Angami, is the presence in their villages of a conspicuous building called the Bachelor's House ( found also among the Garos). In the larger villages we find two or three of these houses in each village. In these live all the young men of the village, from the age of puberty till such time as they marry and set up a house themselves. Among the Rengmahs, Lhotas, &c., the bachelor's house is not very imposing-looking building, being the only rather longer than the other houses in the village, all of (66) which are small and poor as compared with those of most other tribes.