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: prohibition on strangers entering infant's house
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
person: Furer-Haimendorf/ C.
date: 1969
refnum: with permission from Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York66:5
text: The house containing the newborn child was closed to strangers from other villages for six days, and people from distant villages beyond the river were not permitted to enter it for one whole month. To prevent the accidental entrance of strangers, the house of the newborn child was marked with a symbol: a bunch of leafy bamboos in the case of a boy, and a branch of cane if the newborn was a girl.