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Nagaland Revisited - Mon District II

Nearly six years after our last tour to Nagaland we visited this state in Northeast India again. At first sight not much had changed. There are still problems with electricity and running water, but - apart from a horrible section between Poilwa and Khonoma - the roads were generally better than last time. But there was something fundamentally new: In the old days the village´s chieftain, the Angh, built his house at the the highest point. Then the missionaries came and converted Nagaland into a state with more than 90% Christians. They demonstrated their power by building churches at an even higher point than the Angh´s house. Now there is something much higher than the churches. Everywhere you can see tall transmitter masts, because nowadays nearly every middle-aged and young Naga possesses a mobile phone that he and she extensively uses. Globalisation has reached at least the young Naga. They wear really trendy clothes and the young girls wear high-heeled shoes on rough roads. Many of them have moved to the towns for work and only come to their home villages for festivals.
But as everybody knows what globalised people look like, I have tried to capture a few of the traditional views and post them here. For some further information also have a look at my gallery "Nagaland, India, Home of Naga Headhunters" http://www.pbase.com/neuenhofer/nagaland_india_home_of_naga_headhunters
There is a lot of further information in German about our tour in Nagaland on our homepage. Click http://www.neuenhofer.de/guenter/nagaland/nagareise2.html
A mithun´s head (of an animal just being slaughtered) is proudly presented.
A mithun´s head (of an animal just being slaughtered) is proudly presented.
Mithun.
Mithun.
Mithun tied to a trestle.
Mithun tied to a trestle.
The Mithun will be carried to the village where it will be slaughtered for New Year´s festival.
The Mithun will be carried to the village where it will be slaughtered for New Year´s festival.
With rhythmic chants the villagers carry the mithun uphill to their village.
With rhythmic chants the villagers carry the mithun uphill to their village.
People from Changlangshu build a new village - Changsü.
People from Changlangshu build a new village - Changsü.
A new house in Changsü is being roofed.
A new house in Changsü is being roofed.
A wild cat and eagle in front of the new morung (young men´s house).
A wild cat and eagle in front of the new morung (young men´s house).
Old lady in Changlangshu.
Old lady in Changlangshu.
Changlangshu, home of Upper Konyak Naga.
Changlangshu, home of Upper Konyak Naga.
Changlangshu.
Changlangshu.
Sunset in Changlangshu.
Sunset in Changlangshu.
Monyakshu, where also Upper Konyak Naga live.
Monyakshu, where also Upper Konyak Naga live.
Monyakshu.
Monyakshu.
Monyakshu.
Monyakshu.
Monyakshu.
Monyakshu.
Baskets in which human skulls were kept and displayed in Monyakshu.
Baskets in which human skulls were kept and displayed in Monyakshu.
Lofty terrace in Monyakshu.
Lofty terrace in Monyakshu.
Memory stone in Monyakshu for a great warrior and headhunter.
Memory stone in Monyakshu for a great warrior and headhunter.
Old man in Monyakshu.
Old man in Monyakshu.
Houses in Langmeing, Lower Konyak Naga village.
Houses in Langmeing, Lower Konyak Naga village.
Morung in Wanching, Lower Konyak Naga.
Morung in Wanching, Lower Konyak Naga.
Inside the morung in Wanching.
Inside the morung in Wanching.
Konyak Naga lady in Wanching.
Konyak Naga lady in Wanching.
Woman´s tattoos in Wanching.
Woman´s tattoos in Wanching.
Boy with a typical Naga toy in Wanching.
Boy with a typical Naga toy in Wanching.
Mickey Mouse, Holy Mary and Hornbill together on a banner in Wanching.
Mickey Mouse, Holy Mary and Hornbill together on a banner in Wanching.
The same banner in detail.
The same banner in detail.
Wakching morung.
Wakching morung.
Wakching morung with a real cow´s head.
Wakching morung with a real cow´s head.