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Konyak headhunting attracts visitors on Day-III of Hornbill Fest


KOHIMA, DECEMBER 3: Nagas are historically known for being headhunters and the demonstration of the traditional headhunting by Konyak Nagas fascinated visitors during the afternoon session of Cultural presentation on the third day of Hornbill Festival at Naga Heritage Village Kisama on Friday.

“Yah Lahpu” – demonstration of Head Hunting followed by folk dance by the Longchang Cultural Troupe representing the Konyak tribe depicted the practice of the past.
The sudden loud sounds from the firing of muzzle-loading guns and the smoke emanating from the barrels attracted noisy cheers from the tourists and yelling from the local visitors at the main arena in Kisama.
The period of head-hunting display remained silent with visitors comprehending the next action but the traditional dance chanting curses to the enemy had the visitors joining the war cry and applauding the troupe echoing the picturesque Naga heritage village.
Earlier the morning session was graced by General Commanding officer of 4 Corps, Tezpur, Lt. Gen. Ravin Khosla as guest of honour and Nagaland Minister for Public Health Engineering Jacob Zhimomi and Advisor Sericulture Excise and Minority Affairs Zhaleo Rio were hosts.

Colourful traditional dances and music were performed by Zeliang – Charing Lin, Kuki – Suhta Cam, Yimkhiung – Wochak Khintam, Sumi – Apilo Kuwo, Sangtam – Throngrü Nyichi khi, Rengma – Loshü Khwe), Kachari – Chotrolee folk dance, Pochury – Tenon Pasu, Chakhesang – Tukhuhe.
Other presentations in the afternoon session were: Ao – Naga Wadir Yar (Naga Wadir’s Dance), Phom – Kyong-Nya-Yong (Graceful dance), Lotha – Rice bounding folk song, Khiamniungan – Po-Hoi Jihang (Dormitory song), Garo – Quarrel dance and Chang – Khüngkhün Wansatyung (traditional way of fire making).
The hosts for the afternoon cultural programme were Minister for Planning and Coordination, Land Revenue, Neiba Kronu and Advisor Skill Development, Labour and Employment & CAWD Kazheto Kinimi.
(Page News Service)