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: value of girls; status of women
medium: articles
ethnicgroup: KookieKhongjai
person: McCulloch/ Major W.
date: 1858
refnum: from: Selections from the Records of the Government of India, No. 27 (Calcutta) 1859
text: The Koupooees make no distinction between a boy and a girl, in the period for ceremonies they perform after its birth, but the Khongjais do; a girl is not allowed to rest for five days but in three after its birth, is named, and has the other ceremonies performed. Does the earlier naming and piercing of the ears of a girl indicate less value being attached to girls than to boys ? The salique law rigorously prevails amongst the Khonjais, but the influence of woman is great amongst them. The wives of some of the Rajas manage all the affairs of their (60) villages apparently much to the satisfaction of their people, and widows during their sons minority, often, without dispute, assume the management of affairs.