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: clan incest, forgiveness and legend of brother and sister incest
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
person: Furer-Haimendorf/ C.
date: 1969
refnum: with permission from Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York50:7
text: In both these cases the villagers gave effect to the rule that clan incest must be punished, but their attitude to the offenders was not vindictive. As soon as incestuous connections had been terminated, the disciplined culprits found people willing to marry them and, after a lapse of time, they were readmitted into village society.