The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

book : 'Konyak Nagas' by Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, (1969)

caption: Chapter Four. Religious Beliefs and Practices
caption: infidelity punished, fertility given by Gawang
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
person: Furer-Haimendorf/ C.
date: 1969
refnum: with permission from Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York101:2
text: Other offenses as well were punished by Gawang. Men who were unfaithful to their wives and slept secretly with other women were punished by being deprived of male offspring. All Konyaks believed that it was Gawang who bestowed children on people, and to the question why this or that married couple had remained childless, I always received the same answer, "Gawang does not give them any children."