Meet opium sucking head hunters-Longwa,Nagaland

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1st Nov 2014

Opium sessions in the evening

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Here the road ends..

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With Longwa's Angh

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Longshaw's father

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Sunset from the Angh's place

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Tribal artifacts for sale

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View of Longwa from the pillar

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The pillar

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An old church in Longwa

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Morung

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Angh's house.. Half India Half Myanmar

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Tattooed head-hunter

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Engraved tribal stories inside Konyak houses

Photo of Meet opium sucking head hunters-Longwa,Nagaland by Anshuman- Travelling in my Swings!!

Opium sessions in the morning

Photo of Meet opium sucking head hunters-Longwa,Nagaland by Anshuman- Travelling in my Swings!!
Photo of Meet opium sucking head hunters-Longwa,Nagaland by Anshuman- Travelling in my Swings!!

Mon and Longwa are two untouched and untamed villages of Nagaland situated at the Indo-Myanmar border. These are the home of an interesting tribe called “The Konyaks”. Konyaks had this weird tradition of head hunting and face tattooing long ago.

How to reach

One can reach here by two routes:-

1. Dibrugarh – Moran – Sonari – Tizit – Mon – Longwa

2. Dimapur – Mon – Longwa

Both Dibrugarh and Dimapur are well connected by air, rail as well as road routes. State transport buses, public and private transport options are available. The roads to Mon and Longwa are in pathetic condition but the journey is worth taking the pain.

Contact person

Mr. Longshaw (+918974390751) is a local Konyak in Longwa and can take care of everything there.

Interesting facts about Mon, Longwa and the Konyaks

1. Konyaks are extreme warriors of ancient times. Konyak men used to hunt the heads of their enemies and Konyak women gave them a tattoo on their face as a reward for hunting each head. It was believed that head hunting increased the potency of Konyak men.

2. Konyak men suffer from a voracious addiction of opium smoking. The complete process of cooking opium and then sucking it through beautiful bamboo pipes with tribal engravings on it is worth capturing.

3. These villages still have a king a.k.a “Angh”. The house of Longwa’s Angh is symmetrically situated at the Indo-Myanmar border. which means that half of the Angh's house is in India and the rest half in Myanmat. It is a saying there that "The Angh eats in India and sleeps in Myanmar".

4. Nearby Longwa is a point where the road ends. Reminded me of human limitations.

5. Must watch the sunset from Angh’s place. Completely breathtaking.

6. Mini trek to The Pillar – A small pillar at the top most point in Longwa. It gives direction to the border line of India and Myanmar.

7. The Morungs – A place of gathering and discussion for the Konyaks

8. Wooden carvings inside the Konyak houses is like “pause and think”. They depict hilarious stories.

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Kam Daniel
Hilarious you mean? I think it's more like an old superstitious story to me. :D
Tue 03 24 15, 21:21 · Reply · Edit · Delete ·
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Kam Daniel
Hilarious you mean? I think it's more like an old superstitious story to me. :D
Tue 03 24 15, 21:21 · Reply · Edit · Delete ·
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JTI: Exploring India, Bhutan and Nepal
The Village chief of Longwa in this picture is no more. His eldest son has replaced him as the chief now. RIP
Tue 03 24 15, 06:30 · Reply · Edit · Delete ·
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JTI: Exploring India, Bhutan and Nepal
The Village chief of Longwa in this picture is no more. His eldest son has replaced him as the chief now. RIP
Tue 03 24 15, 06:30 · Reply · Edit · Delete ·