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: example of feuds between villages
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyak
person: Furer-Haimendorf/ C.
date: 1969
refnum: with permission from Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York56:3
text: Disputes between spouses of chiefly blood sometimes gave rise to feuds involving their respective villages. Some thirty-five years ago a daughter of the chief of Mintong was married to a man of great Ang class of Ninu village. They quarreled and her husband sent her back to Mintong. Although her father was able to arrange her marriage to a kinsman of the Ang of Pomau, the men of the chiefly clan of Mintong felt insulted, and prepared to raid Ninu. The Ninu warriors, however, forestalled the raid and, ambushing Mintong men, captured six heads. Then all the villagers of the Niaunu domain, to which Mintong belonged, joined in a raid on Ninu and captured three heads.
text: This feud would probably have continued if the country had not been brought under the control of the government of India. Years later those villagers who had lost kinsmen in the fighting still remembered the unresolved feud and did not accept food in the houses of the killers or of their descendants.