The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

book : 'Konyak Nagas' by Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, (1969)

caption: Chapter One. The Material Background
caption: girls' dormitories ( 'yo' )
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyak
person: Furer-Haimendorf/ C.
date: 1969
refnum: with permission from Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York26:7
text: The girls' dormitories, known in the Wakching dialect as 'yo,' corresponded to the morung in the sense that every ward of a Thenkoh village had such a dormitory for the young unmarried girls. Unlike the bachelors' halls, however, these dormitories were inconspicuous buildings and had no ritual significance for the community. They were built, not by the men of the girls' own ward, but by the boys and unmarried young men of the morung, which furnished traditionally the partners and mates of the girls who occupied the 'yo.'