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: no common eating off same plate; cooking and eating behaviour
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Wanchu
location: Niaunyu (Niaunu)
person: Furer-Haimendorf/ C.
date: 1969
refnum: with permission from Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York58:6
text: People of different class did not eat from the same platter, but this taboo on interdining did not mean that the food cooked by one of inferior status could not be eaten by those of higher rank, nor that members of different status did not eat in each other's presence. In a polygamous chief's household there was usually one wife of commoner status who cooked for the chief and his wife or wives of chiefly class. This woman was in charge of the kitchen and it was she who distributed the grain which other wives cooked for themselves on their own hearths.