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: domestic life easy and free of stress
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Oting
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 6.1936-6.1937
text: As a rule the domestic life of the Konyaks is certainly happy. And this is no wonder. Most marriages are concluded by people who have known each other long and intimately and are not greatly swayed by economic considerations. The spirit of camaraderie and equality which prevails between the young girls and boys colours also the relations between husband and wife. A girl who enjoyed for years almost complete independence and was used to be courted by a number of youths, is not likely to turn into a meek wife, and whoever watches the Konyaks at work, in their houses and at feasts realizes that there is an essential equality of men and women.