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: tribal intermarriage
medium: articles
person: Keoding KaiKooding MangStewart/ Lt.
ethnicgroup: KookieKhongjai
person: McCulloch/ Major W.
date: 1858
refnum: from: Selections from the Records of the Government of India, No. 27 (Calcutta) 1859
text: In his notes on North Cachar, Lieutenant Stewart has, I think, made a mistake in attaching "objection" or "ridicule" to the marriage of a Thado or Shingsol with a Changsel or Thlungum. The mother of Keoding Kai the head of all the Shingsols was a Changsel, and so is his wife. The mother of Kooding mang the head of all the Khongjais is also a Chaugsel. I could instance many others, but that the heads of tribes would ally themselves with objects of ridicule is unlikely. Indeed, I believe the only reason why more alliances with the Changsels do not take place, is the high price they demand for their daughters. But though I dissent from Lieutenant Stewart in this, I beg here to express my unfeigned admiration generally of that Officer's description of the Kookies.