Hornbill festival of NAGALAND

The Hornbill festival held in the first week of December shows that with its stunning natural beauty and great cultural traditions, Nagaland can offer a rich fare to tourists.

NAGALAND, with its diverse tribal culture, is a land of festivals. A narrow strip of mountainous territory with rugged hills, emerald valleys, sparkling streams and a rich variety of flora and fauna, the 16th State of the Indian Union has salubrious climate throughout the year. It is bounded by Assam in the west, Myanmar in the east, Arunachal Pradesh in the north and Manipur in the south. Sometimes referred to as the `Switzerland of the East’, Nagaland represents unimaginable beauty, moulded perfectly for a breathtaking experience. For the adventurous, the State is an ideal place for trekking and jungle camping and offers limitless possibilities for exploring its lush sub-tropical rainforests, which are a treasure trove of medicinal plants. The 20-lakh-strong Naga people, by nature, are fun lovers, and life in Nagaland is one long festival.



Are We Giving Step Motherly Treatment to Our Culture?

A thought provoking, insightful article by Venusa Tinyi.

Venusa Tinyi has submitted his PhD thesis and is waiting to defend it for the award of the doctorate degree in Philosophy. He is currently doing a master’s in Christian Studies at Biblical Graduate School of Theology, Singapore. He was born and raised in Nagaland.

Venusa Tinyi had written as:
Every time I try to make a sense of our Naga culture, an inexplicable sense of procrastination somehow takes the better of me. Until now, I have kept myself from plunging into it. There appears to be some kind of ‘no trespass’ signboard attached to it, some kind of uncertainty or uneasiness about it, the kind that is perhaps normally associated with unpleasant discovery or realization.

Some truths are not always a delightful thing to discover after all. Often certain truths are found to be covered with layers and layers of narratives, narratives involving lies and deceptions as well. Such narratives are a product of culture and then go on to become part of culture itself. At times, they symbolize human intelligence and creativity. Perhaps, we have learnt it from our long history of survival games of life. But again, every once in a while, when some persons of uncommon intelligence and commitment probe deep into history and culture, they come up with insights to teach us how we can discern truth from falsehood, right from wrong and good from evil. They help us to understand who and where we are and where we are heading.

Read the full article:
Are We Giving Step Motherly Treatment to Our Culture?

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