The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

book : Return to the Naked Nagas (1939;1976)

caption: Chapter Eight. The Harvest
caption: girls often carry boys home
medium: books
person: Shankok
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 6.1936-6.1937
text: "You should see, Sahib," remarked Shankok, smiling, "when the girls entertain the boys. Then it is even more fun. They, too, (78) must often carry their boy-friends home. Oh yes, they are strong enough -- a girl can quite well carry a boy a short distance. Of course, when it is far, then two girls must lend a hand to bring a drunken boy to the top of the hill." I still regret that I never saw such a spectacle, but Shankok's word is reliable, and I have confidence in the Wakching girls and their capacity sometimes to reverse the roles.