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: widows; 'groom service'
medium: notes
ethnicgroup: Naked Nagas
person: Woodthorpe/ R.G.
date: 1881
refnum: given at a meeting of the Anthropological Institute, 1881
text: When and old woman is left a widow and without a home, her son (or nearest relation) provides her with this little chamber. Here, as I think very generally in these hills, a youth having taken a fancy to a girl, either of his own or neighbouring village, has to serve in her parent's house for a certain time, varying from one to two or more years according to agreement, before he can marry her, as was Jacob's case. Outside the villages, within a circle of staves surrounding two trees supporting a small platform, the harvest festivals take place. Large quantities of garlic are grown in these villages in small fenced gardens, panjis studding the ground between the plants.