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: reason for taboo on strangers at childbirth
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
person: Furer-Haimendorf/ C.
date: 1969
refnum: with permission from Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York66:6
text: The idea underlying this custom was apparently not the fear of pollution connected with childbirth, but the belief that a newborn child was particularly vulnerable to dangerous influences emanating from strangers.