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: surprisingly little pregnancy among unmarried girls
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
person: Furer-Haimendorf/ C.
date: 1969
refnum: with permission from Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York74:2
text: One might assume that under these circumstances most girls would soon have found themselves pregnant, but despite the Konyak's ignorance of contraceptive devices, most girls indulged in sexual intercourse for several years without becoming pregnant. This phenomenon, common among primitive people, has been attributed to the period of relatively low fertility between the menarche and the attainment of full maturity.