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: sexual conversational etiquette
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyak
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 6.1936-6.1937
text: Between men and women of intermarrying clans or morung, there prevails on the other hand the fullest freedom to "talk sex" and jokes with which the young people amuse each other at the nightly gatherings in the girls' clubs are often exceedingly risque and crude. Thus we find that the Konyak -- like many a man of more civilized lands -- adjusts his conversation to his company, at times indulging in the most ribald talk and at times covering sex with prudish silence.