The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Chapter Fourteen. The Rescued Slaves
caption: marriage ties between warring villages
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Kalyo Kengyu
location: Chingmei Panso
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 6.1936-6.1937
text: Strangely enough, though Chang and Kalyo Kengyus were almost continually at war, Chingmak's first wife came from the Kalyo Kengyu village of Panso. Such marriages were said to be quite common, and the Chingmei men seemed to entertain no scruples if they had to fight against the brothers and the fathers of their wives, even if they eventually brought their heads home in triumph -- a rather drastic way of venting a feeling common enough among "in-laws" all the world over.