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: husband and wife; relaxed relationship in private but restrained in public
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
person: Furer-Haimendorf/ C.
date: 1969
refnum: with permission from Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York80:4
text: Inside the house spouses conversed in an easy and friendly tone, but outside their own home they showed a marked reserve both in speech and in behavior. Men and women often left the village separately and met only on the fields where they worked together. In public married couples avoided gestures or words of endearment, and this restraint was all the more marked because unmarried boys and girls showed much less reticence. Newly married couples were particularly shy and inhibited in front of others.