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: monogamy among commoners, polygyny permitted to chiefs
medium: books
person: Chinkak/ of Wakching
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
person: Furer-Haimendorf/ C.
date: 1969
refnum: with permission from Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York81:4
text: The need to divorce one wife before being able to marry another related only to men of commoner status. For them, monogamy was obligatory, while men of chiefly clan could be married simultaneously to two or more wives. In Wakching there was at the time of my stay only one polygamous marriage, but several of the men of chiefly clan had had two wives, and the chief Chinkak had had three.