The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

book : 'Konyak Nagas' by Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, (1969)

caption: Chapter Three. Phases of Life
caption: rest and removal after childbirth
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
person: Furer-Haimendorf/ C.
date: 1969
refnum: with permission from Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York66:4
text: After her first confinement a woman left her parental house and went as soon as possible, often within hours, to the house of her husband. The next day the oldest man of the husband's clan sacrificed one or two chickens and gave the child a name. Soon afterward the kinswomen of the young mother visited the house to ask what the child was called. Each brought a load of firewood in order to make provision for the days when the mother would be unable to fetch wood herself. However, a Konyak mother's period of rest was short. On the fourth day after confinement she went to the spring to bathe, and soon afterward she resumed her domestic duties.