Dimapur, December 4: In commemoration of 75 years of embracing Christianity, a stone pulling event as part of the ongoing Hornbill festival was held at Mima village today. The stone pulling symbolises forgiveness, friendship, peace and reconciliation to the enmities that the village had before the coming of the gospel to the village. It is also a remembrance to the pioneers of faith to show their sacrifices have not gone in vain.
Around 600 stone pullers with thousands of well wishers from neighbouring villages and frontal organizations of Angami community participated at the Stone Pulling event organised by Mima Village Council. It was a glittering event as people of varied age groups, clad in traditional attires observed the event with great enthusiasm and high spirits. The stone was first pulled from Mima gate near Kigwema village and culminated at Mima Village Ground covering a distance of nearly 1 km. It is reported that the length of the stone is measuring 21 feet, weighing more than 10 tons, 2.5 feet height and 4 feet width.
Mima village is nestled in the bosom of Mt. Japfü, located about 16 km south of Kohima. An Angami native popularly known for its rare and distinct traditional underground Apiculture and declared as “The Honey Village” producing one of the best quality honey in the country.
It has produced many brave sons of the Naga nation making it known for setting up the first “Safeguard” Camp and being one of the first martyrs in the Naga freedom movement for which it has also suffered and endured many untold miseries. The village was burnt down to ashes on 17th April 1957 and raided several times scattering its people over and over again.
Only with the coming of Christianity, education and civilization began as it got exposed to the world slowly and steadily, making its people realize the utmost importance of reconciliation.
Union Minister for Tourism, Dr. P.S Patel, Chief Minister of Nagaland, Neiphiu Rio, Ministers, Advisors and a host of dignitaries attended the programme.
Southern Angami Culture Society was the special appearance of the ceremony. Vote of thanks was proposed by Pastor, BRC, Rev. Vikiezo Lese.
(Page News Service)