The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

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

caption: Chapter Twenty-seven. Return to Nagaland
caption: divisions of sections of aristocratic class of Mon
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyaks
location: Mon
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 1970
text: The aristocratic class of Mon is divided into three sections, Known as Wangyem (corresponding to Wangham in other Thendu villages), Wangsa and Wangsu. The former consists of the offspring of great Angs and their wives of equal rank, while Wangsa are the issue of unions of men of Wangyem status and women of lower rank. Wangsu form the lowest stratum of the nobility, but are superior to the commoner clans. Among the latter there are two clans whose women wear their hair long like Ang women, and three whose women shave their heads, a sign of low status throughout the villages of Thendu Konyaks and Wanchus.