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: Great Angs only those born of two Great Ang clans
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyak
person: Furer-Haimendorf/ C.
date: 1969
refnum: with permission from Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York52:3
text: High rank involves obligations, and Konyak chiefs could maintain their eminent position only by preserving the purity of their noble blood. Only from the marriage of a great Ang and a woman of great Ang rank sprang sons entitled to succeed to their father's position. The sons from a great Ang's union with a woman of lower rank were accorded the status of "small" Angs, and none of their progeny could ever regain the status of great Angs. The chiefs of all the more important Thendu villages were of great Ang class, but we shall see that the chiefs of some minor tributary villages were of small Ang rank.