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Origin of the Lotha Naga and their early settlement

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Anthropology, School of Social Sciences, University of Hyderabad, Gachi Bowli-500046, Hyderabad, Telangana, India

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 6, Issue (4), Pages 43-48, April,14 (2017)

Abstract

The study is an attempt to reconstruct the past history of the Lotha Naga through their folk narrative. Lotha occupy the Wokha district in the state of Nagaland. They show variance in terms of cultural practices and even in their appearance from the mainland people. So the question of how these people are displaced in their present homeland indubitably arises. Who are these people? Where have they come from? Or to put it simply their ‘Origin’. Although there is no written documentation of their history, a part of these questions gets answered when the culture is looked at from the perspective of folklore which has been handed down orally. The Lotha deem that at one point of time there was written record inscribed on the skin of an animal. Unfortunately, a dog ate it and ever since it has been handed down orally.

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