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: serious courtship of boys from seventeen onwards
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
person: Furer-Haimendorf/ C.
date: 1969
refnum: with permission from Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York72:2
text: Not until a boy was about seventeen did he pursue amorous adventures. His first approaches to a girl were prescribed by etiquette. Late at night he would creep up to the house where the girl of his choice was sleeping, be it a 'yo' or a private house. There he would gently knock on the wall, and if the girl, noticing the noise, came out, he would immediately pose the stereotyped question: "Will you accept my presents or will you not?"