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The Longwa village in Mon witnessed a historic Log Drum Pulling Ceremony of the Chief Angh’s residence today, graced by Chief Anghs from Arunachal Pradesh and Myanmar. The ceremony, attended by Nagaland CM Neiphiu Rio, highlighted the rich cultural heritage of the Naga tribes, transcending geopolitical boundaries.

Nagaland CM Neiphiu Rio and others beating the newly inaugurated Log Drum of the Chief Angh of Longwa Village in the India-Myanmar border, Mon, Nagaland on 10 February.

The event was attended by Chief Angh, Tangnyu; Chief Angh, Konnu; and Chief Angh Pongchau of Arunachal Pradesh, as well as Chief Angh, Longzang; Chief Angh, Sheanhal Chingnyu; and Chief Angh, and Kamkah of Myanmar as special invitees. Chief Angh of Longwa Village, Tonyei Phawang hosted the historic ceremony.

The Log Drum, a symbol deeply rooted in Naga tradition, was crafted with extraordinary skill, representing the beliefs and values upheld by generations. The ceremony served as a testament to the resilience of age-old practices and celebrated the unity and harmony among the Naga tribes transcending geopolitical borders.

Inaugurating the Log Drum as special guest, CM Neiphiu Rio expressed his honor to be part of such a significant occasion, emphasizing the importance of preserving historical practices.

Speaking at the event, Rio said that preserving such valuable assets will enable the coming generations to learn the importance of one’s culture and traditions, adding that it represents and manifests the beliefs of age-old traditions of Naga tribesmen. He extended his congratulations and best wishes to the people of Longwa village, echoing the sentiment of growth and unity among the Naga community.

The ceremony was also attended by Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton and a host of ministers and legislators, while NDPP president Chingwang Konyak was the honored guest. Rio added that the occasion, which celebrates historical practices, transcends man-made boundaries.

Longwa Village, situated in Mon district, is one of the largest. Remarkably, the village as well as the Angh’s house straddles the border between India and Myanmar, symbolizing the unique unity of the village under one chief’s leadership, despite its geopolitical division. The village boasts immense natural beauty, with four rivers gracefully flowing through its lands—two within India’s borders and two within Myanmar’s.

Mokokchung Times

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