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: relations between old clan members and those incorporated
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyak
person: Furer-Haimendorf/ C.
date: 1969
refnum: with permission from Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York51:4
text: Such immigrants added to the numerical strength and, hence, the power of the clans which accepted them as affiliated members, and the consideration of these practical advantages must have outweighed the principle that only people of common descent should enjoy the status of fully privileged clan members. In moments of tension, sparked, perhaps, by a purely private quarrel, the latent feeling of superiority of the genuine clan members by descent might have found expression in offensive remarks aimed at the newcomers, but normally original clan members and new recruits lived together in amicable fashion. The heterogeneous composition of many clans certainly did not affect their function as highly important units in the social structure of the village.