Friday, April 27, 2012

Nagaland - an Amazing Creation of God

Nagaland is one of the seven sister states in North Eastern India bounded by Myanmar in the East; Assam in the West; Arunachal Pradesh and a part of Assam in the North with Manipur in the south. It offers rich incomparable traditional and cultural heritage.

Hornbill is considered as festivals of festival. These unique pictures are from Hornbill festival of 2010.

The inhabitants of Nagaland India are called ‘Naga’ which has incepted from ‘Nanga’ means naked. It is also because the Nagas are known for avowed for their sparseness of clothes.

The tribes dwelling in the rural pockets of Nagaland preserve their own age-old customs and rituals. Known for their friendly demeanor and hard-working nature, the people of Nagaland have a significant contribution towards the socio-cultural development of the state. 

Colorful life and culture are an integral part of the 16 officially recognized Naga tribes of Nagaland. These 16 tribes are different and unique in their customs and traditions. These customs and traditions are future translated into festivals which revolve around their agricultural cycle. Songs and dances form the soul of these festivals through which their oral history has been passed down the generations. 


The tribes of Nagaland are separately marked by indigenous customs, traditions, language and dresses. The tribes of Nagaland have their own distinctive language. The unique thing is in remote parts of Nagaland, each and every village has its own dialect which cannot be understood by neighboring villagers.

Nagaland is still a predominately rural region but it has one odd characteristic, unlike most of the sub-continent it is majority Christian- the census of 2001 estimated that Nagaland was 90% Christian. 

This Christianisation proceeded over the last century- at the end of the 19th Century there were according to census data an insignificantly small number of Christians living within Nagaland. Most of the Naga churches belong to Baptist denomination. according to my understanding church has more power than the state.

Fundamentally both the sexes of Naga tribe are fond of wearing and adorning themselves with colorful ornaments. In the past, Naga soldiers wore a miniature trophy masks as a pendant in a chain or necklace symbolizing their valor as headhunters. Naga hand crafts have an aesthetic quality.

Based on my personal experience, Nagas are straight forward people, honest, hardworking, and with a high standard of integrity. a striking character of the Naga tribes is their hospitality and cheerfulness. once i was provided rich which was preserved 30 years ago.

Naga people possess a unique air of strength, self reliance, freedom and independence. Simultaneously, they have also safeguarded in indissoluble connection and loyalty towards their land, tribe and kin. They combine a sincere warm-heartedness towards their friends and an unyielding toughness in their fight against enemies, which is embodied in the fierce drum beat of war.


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