The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Chapter Twenty-one. Head-Hunting Rites
caption: conversation with Dzeamang about his marriage
medium: books
person: Dzeamang
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Chingtang
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 6.1936-6.1937
text: Dzeamang and I go together up the hill. He is more talkative than ever. He tells me that he has just married again, his morung has just been rebuilt and now he is in possession of a head. Yes, now he can "really jump to the sky." His new wife comes from the neighbouring village of Chingtang, but it would seem that his marital pleasures are as yet of a somewhat speculative nature, for she still lives with her parents, and it is uncertain when she will move to Wakching. As the other boys laughingly tell me later, she probably uses the time very well, and thoroughly enjoys herself with her young friends in Chingtang.