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: pairs of exogamous morungs
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
person: Furer-Haimendorf/ C.
date: 1969
refnum: with permission from Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York47:1
text: The individual morungs were not the largest exogamous units. Pairs of morungs, the Oukheang and Thepong on the one side and the Balang and Bala on the other side, constituted larger exogamous units, a situation which seems to have been a logical outcome of the foundation of the Thepong and Bala by members of the two oldest morungs. The members of the Ang-ban, however, intermarried with all the other four morungs. The prohibitions of marriages between clan members remained valid even if a man and a woman bearing the same clan name belonged to two wards which otherwise stood in connubial relations. The Meta clan, for instance, was represented in both the Thepong and the Balang ward, and although people of these wards were normally potential mates, no two members of the Meta clan were allowed to marry.