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: taboo on killing agnates, but not affines
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Niaunyu (Niaunu) Vinyu (Ninu)
person: Furer-Haimendorf/ C.
date: 1969
refnum: with permission from Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York56:2
text: The taboo on the killing of agnatic kinsmen and covillagers did not extend to affines living in a different village. A marriage alliance linking two chiefly houses was no guarantee of permanent peace between the domains concerned, and in many cases intermarriage alternated with warfare. In a recent feud between Niaunu and the village of Ninu, for instance, the son of a Ninu woman married in Niaunu was killed by Ninu warriors, that is, by men of his mother's natal village.