The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Chapter Ten. Paradise in the Jungle
caption: sexual affairs in youth
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Oting
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 6.1936-6.1937
text: The girls are not sparing with their favours, nor do they reserve them only for the boys of their own village. They often make friends with boys from the neighbourhood and the days of their youth are full of amorous adventures. But to sell her body would be unimaginable to a Konyak girl. Prostitution is unknown and I shall never forget the half horrified and half amused face of Shankok, when he told me what he had heard from Kongan men about the ways of some Assamese women. He simply shook with laughter at the idea that among the plains people you should pay four or eight annas for an hour of love.