The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

published - extracts from 'Account of the valley of Munnipore and of the Hill Tribes' by Major W. McCulloch

caption: payment on death of wife "mundoo"; death in childbirth
medium: articles
ethnicgroup: Koupooee
person: McCulloch/ Major W.
date: 1858
refnum: from: Selections from the Records of the Government of India, No. 27 (Calcutta) 1859
text: On the death of a man's wife the extraordinary practice exists of taking from her husband "mundoo" or the "price of her bones". If he be alive, this will be demanded by her father, in fault of the father, (51) by her nearest of kin. "Mundoo" is also payable on the death of their children. On each demand of "mundoo" the demander kills a pig, the mundoo or price is fixed at one buffaloe. No mundoo is payable for persons killed by enemies or wild beasts, or whose death has been caused by any swelling, or the cholera, or small pox. Should a woman die in child-birth, her child is not permitted to live, but is buried with her.