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: inheritance rights, land always passed on through men
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
person: Furer-Haimendorf/ C.
date: 1969
refnum: with permission from Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York89:2
text: Land never passed in the female line. A man's eldest son inherited his entire holding, but he was obliged to allow his younger brothers the right to cultivate a part of their father's land. Gradually, they would acquire land of their own, and by the time the eldest brother died, younger brothers usually had holdings of their own. As the population was more or less stationary, and some clans shrank or died out, while others increased, there was no great pressure on land. Hence, younger sons did not experience much difficulty in acquiring land of their own for cultivation.