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: oaths and supernatural sanctions as guarantees of peace
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
person: Furer-Haimendorf/ C.
date: 1969
refnum: with permission from Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York101:6
text: Such supernatural sanctions mobilized by the swearing of oaths were the only coercive force which could ensure the maintenance of peace between two autonomous communities, for none of the moral rules which regulated so efficiently relations between kinsmen and covillagers extended to the interaction between different villages, and an appeal to a higher power -- in this case Gawang -- was necessary if, after a series of raids and counterraids, a state of peaceful coexistence was to be established.