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: exchange of gifts with affines
caption: kp Shankok
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
person: Furer-Haimendorf/ C.
date: 1969
refnum: with permission from Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York87:6
text: Shankok had also inherited similar obligations from his father. Two half-sisters of Shankok's father's father were then still alive, and both received annual gifts from Shankok. A third sister had died, but left a son, and he too was entitled to receive presents from Shankok. For each of these ceremonial gifts a return present had to be made, but the value of the exchange present was usually not even half that of the initial gift.