The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Chapter Twenty-two. Love and Poetry
caption: erotic dreams despite sexual freedom
medium: books
person: Shankok
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 6.1936-6.1937
text: Considering the sexual freedom among the unmarried and even the young married couples, you would think that no Konyak should ever be sex- starved or suffer from repressions resulting from enforced continence. Yet erotic dreams -- so often ascribed to sexual frustration -- seem to be fairly frequent, and Shankok tells me that he often dreams of making love not only to the girls of the other morung (who are his legitimate partners for flirtations and marriage), but also to girls of his own morung, and clan, and even his own sisters. He thought it himself rather odd that sometimes he dreamt of sleeping with elderly women and as he added with a wry smile, even with his much despised own wife, whom in reality he has never touched. A psychoanalyst would find an interesting field among the Konyaks, and I would not be surprised if research in a society so different from those of Europe would lead to unexpected results.