Yangpi Morung: An Expression of Ideals and Identity

  • Tiasunep
  • Neingusanuo Solo


This chapter marks out a sense of history in synchronic tradition of Christian Chang Naga of Yangpi village of Nagaland with reference to village Morung. Though Morung is a pre-Christian sociocultural institution, it continues to exist in present time to celebrate the past whose relevance is lost or declined. It stands as an identity marker with a link to oral traditions and symbols of artistic creativity, which are preserved and which convey cultural meanings of pre-Christian Naga ideals. The chapter analyzes meanings attached to symbols, presents the multi-dimensional functions of the Morung in bygone days and thereby defines past ideals and identity. Essentially, the paper tries to posit the past with present ideals in order that the identity of Chang Naga is appreciated in totality over time.


Morung Cultural institution Age group Structure and motifs Khel Head hunting Carvings and paintings Pre-Christian 


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  • Tiasunep
    • 1
  • Neingusanuo Solo
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyNagaland UniversityLumamiIndia

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