The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Chapter Two. The Social Structure and its Units
caption: village as ritual unit, village council
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyak
person: Furer-Haimendorf/ C.
date: 1969
refnum: with permission from Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York42:1
text: The village council also decided matters of ritual and ceremony and fixed the dates for communal agricultural rites. In ritual affairs, more than in any others, the village acted as a unit. The seasonal feasts and days of abstention from work '(genna)' were observed simultaneously by all wards of a village, and there were several ritual experts who acted on behalf of the entire village. Thus, in Wakching the 'niengba' of one of the five men's houses proclaimed the commencement of agrarian rites throughout the entire village, and when a captured human head was brought in, he performed the rites irrespective of the morung affiliation of the successful head-hunter.