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: marriages of Ang's children
medium: books
person: Chingai/ of Oting
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Oting
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 6.1936-6.1937
text: Chingai, himself of Ang class, confided to me that not only the father but all the men of Oting's Ang clan worried over the fate of the chief's daughters. However, after months of discussion, a compromise was found, and when I came back to Oting in the spring, I heard that the Ang had decided to allow his younger daughter to marry a Ben boy of Oting, and had arranged to marry off the elder girl to the son of the chief of Hungphoi. From the point of view of rank and family the fiance was no doubt eminently suitable, but he had the drawback of being only ten years old. I am afraid I do not know whether the unfortunate Ang's daughter is supposed to remain chaste until her husband is grown-up, or whether she may seek consolation with other boys. Perhaps one of the cousins of the young husband acts as proxy until he is old enough to take up his marital duties.