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: inconsistency of intermarriage and class
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyak
person: Furer-Haimendorf/ C.
date: 1969
refnum: with permission from Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York62:1
text: We may wonder whether a system of repeated intermarriage between aristocrats and commoners is not inconsistent with an ideology which sees society as constituted by two or more socially distinct classes. Are we justified in correlating the division of the Konyak tribe into the two cultural groups known as Thenkoh and Thendu with the contradistinction between two political systems, one of which can be labeled "democratic" and the other "monarchic," or should we regard Konyak society as a continuum in which "democratic" and "monarchic" systems merge one into the other and such characteristic institutions as the morung with its age groups have shown themselves capable of adjustment to either system?