Laa Khanganui

Laa khanganui is a form of beauty contest in our ancient society.  It is performed during the seed-sowing festival called Luira, by all unmarried women in the village including teenage girls who have attained puberty.  Participants clad in traditional attire with bangles and necklace (kongsang), sing folk songs and walk gracefully in circle.  Their mesmerizing bodies and beauties are enchanted …

Tangkhul Naga Cultural Insights on Women’s Participation in Decision Making

Tangkhul Women’s Participation in Decision Making, The Past and Today -Dr. Sinalei Khayi Lecturer, Pettigrew College, History Department ‘It was the practice in the past where a special seat was reserved for Mother.  This special seat is called Ava Hampam which signifies the importance of mother in the family.  No one can take that seat, not even children and guests. …

The intrinsic value of our culture: Know it, wear it & live it (In the light of recent Chāngkhom Umbrella social media debate)

Babies couldn’t care less about things inside gifts, as they are attracted to colors and rustles of wrappers of the gifts. Likewise, most of us tend to look more at the less significant things, that are the outward manifestations of our real, invaluable and intangible parts of our culture. Like the babies, we are attracted only to what can be …

Administrative Village Authority of the Tangkhuls

  “Though theoretically the hangva is responsible for the administration of the village among its different clan members, practically all the villagers are involved in the administration as well as in the matter of village defense.  The village elders command respect from the villagers while performing the duties of public service as a member of the hangva.  Otherwise they are …