The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Chapter Eleven. Sacred Chiefs
caption: power of the Great Angs
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Oting
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 6.1936-6.1937
text: The position of the so-called "Great Angs" is quite different. These powerful village chiefs, such as the great Ang of Mon and the great Ang of Chui, have the sacred blood of the chiefs, pure and undiluted, in their veins. There can be no more exclusive community than that of the great Ang class, for as the kings of Egypt kept the royal blood pure by marrying their own sisters, so the great Angs take their wives from their own great Ang class, and it is only the children of such a union that acquire the father's rank.