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: boys absorption into adult life; tattooed at thirteen or fourteen
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
person: Furer-Haimendorf/ C.
date: 1969
refnum: with permission from Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York70:1
text: Gradually and imperceptibly, a boy was thus absorbed into the life of the adults. He accompanied the older men when they went hunting or fishing, and learned, thereby all that a Konyak had to know. Every few years a new group of boys would enter the morung, and the senior boys helped in their education and were entitled to their services. At the age of thirteen or fourteen a boy would have his chest tattooed, but no ceremony was connected with this operation, which was invariably performed by women of Ang class.