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: possible reasons for public morality
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
person: Furer-Haimendorf/ C.
date: 1969
refnum: with permission from Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York101:7
text: The belief in Gawang as the arbiter of human behavior can perhaps be correlated with the emergence of a sense of public concern with the conduct of individual members of a community, a concern absent in many less well-organized tribal societies. While in a society where conditions are in more or less permanent flux, such as that of the Daflas, individuals can pursue their own ends without being disciplined by public opinion, the Konyaks were bound by a code of behavior enforced by the members of their own in-groups.