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: exchanges of gifts creates cohesive society
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
person: Furer-Haimendorf/ C.
date: 1969
refnum: with permission from Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York88:4
text: The system of ceremonial gift exchange stabilized the cohesion of a village community by creating numerous economic links between individual families, clans, and morungs, and it also served to strengthen the position of a wife in her husband's family, for the gifts received gave her the feeling that she was valued by her natal family and could, if necessary, rely on the support of her agnatic kinsmen.