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: betrothal; age differences of spouses
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
person: Furer-Haimendorf/ C.
date: 1969
refnum: with permission from Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York75:1
text: In the case of betrothals arranged by the parents there was often a great age difference between the prospective spouses. Thus, I knew a very pretty Balang girl of about eighteen who was engaged to a boy of the Oukheang morung aged about eleven. This betrothal did not condemn her to a life of continence, however, for she was free to indulge in love affairs with the older boys of the Oukheang, Thepong, and Ang-ban, and if one of them wanted to marry her the earlier engagement could be dissolved without much difficulty. If the prospective spouses were adult, a betrothal did not last very long, and the wedding ceremonies followed soon after the partners and their parents had reached agreement.