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: some sentimental visits in Wakching
medium: books
person: HenlongShiknaShoupaShongna
ethnicgroup: Konyaks
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 1970
text: My last day in Wakching was devoted to several sentimental visits. Henlong and her husband entertained me with rice-beer, and I met her pretty daughters. Her husband was her second spouse, her first marriage having ended in divorce, and Shoupa remarked that he was not worthy of her. Clearly she was considered as outstanding not only by me, but also by the villagers. Shoupa also insisted that I should visit Shikna, the woman with whom Shankok had been in love in my time. Her and Shankok's son had grown up in her husband's house and was still alive, but it was obvious that Shoupa did not consider him as a brother in any sense. To me it came as a surprise that after I had left Shankok's unsatisfactory marriage had mended, for Shoupa and his younger brother were the children of Shankok's wife Shongna and nothing in Shoupa's remarks about his parents suggested that later in life they continued to be on bad terms.