The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

book : 'Konyak Nagas' by Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, (1969)

caption: a particular marriage
caption: Chapter Three. Phases of Life
caption: wedding procession; compulsory absence of bride's male kin
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
person: Furer-Haimendorf/ C.
date: 1969
refnum: with permission from Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York77:6
text: The bride's father slaughtered another fowl and gave it to the go-between. Accompanied by her mother, her sisters, those of her brothers who had established independent households, and her father's brother, as well as kinsmen, kinswomen, and girlfriends, the bride went in procession to the groom's house. The bride's father and those brothers who still lived in the parental house were not permitted by custom to participate in this part of the wedding celebrations. This compulsory absence of the men of the bride's household is not easy to interpret, and the Konyaks provided no explanation.