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: tenacity of customs despite Christianity
medium: books
ethnicgroup: Konyaks
location: Wakching
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 1970
text: While in smaller villages the introduction of Christianity has led to the abandonment of many social customs and even such secular activities as dancing and singing, Wakching has shown considerable tenacity in maintaining the traditional pattern of social life. Among the Konyaks, Christianity was introduced after the end of British rule, and the agents of proselytization were not American Baptist missionaries, who had converted the greater part of the neighbouring Ao tribe, but Christian pastors and teachers of Ao and Lhota stock. Christian influence on Wakching has remained superficial, and some of the most articulate men told me that they had given up their old religion without becoming proper Christians.