The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Chapter Twenty-six. Tribesmen Of Tirap
caption: dietary taboos
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Wanchu
location: Niaunyu (Niaunu)
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 1962
caption: dietary taboos
text: There were also certain differences in the dietary taboos which the various classes had to observe. The members of the great Ang class did not eat the flesh of cow, goat, bear, and tiger, while people of small Ang class ate beef, and commoners were allowed to eat any animal except tiger and leopard.
text: Though persons of different status did not eat from the same platter or dish, chiefs were allowed to eat food cooked by commoners.
text: In the household of a polygamous great Ang there was usually one wife of commoner status who cooked for the chief and his wife or wives of aristocratic status. This woman not only served her husband and his consorts as cook but acted also as caretaker in the sense that she was in charge of the store of provisions and distributed grain to all the other wives of the chief.