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: song illustrating free sexual relations of young people
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Wanchu
location: Niaunyu (Niaunu)
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 1962
text: This song illustrates very clearly the free and easy relations between the unmarried of both sexes, and shows that it is often the young men who plead for permanent unions while the girls are content to enjoy brief romances with a number of lovers while ultimately complying with the custom to marry the son of one of their maternal uncles.