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Headhunting Nagas of Arunachal Pradesh

Author Name: Lowangcha Wanglat | Format: Hardcover | Genre : Educational & Professional | Other Details

The book is an anthropological and ethnological narrative of the headhunting and human sacrificing Tangshang Naga tribes of Arunachal Pradesh.  

During the Nocte Naga migration from Yunnan Province they were followers of Theravada Buddhism.  1961 census reported some Buddhist among the Nocte Naga of Tirap Frontier Tract.

While trading salts and other products with the Ahom, the Nagas mingled with the Assames and participated in the Hindu festivals of Assam.  The Nocte Naga of  Tirap Frontier Tract was attracted to  the Mahapurushia form of Vaishnavism.  The influence of Sankardev Humanism  Hindu philosophy attracted the Nocte Naga Tribes of the Patkai Range resulting to the baptism of the Naga Ang Lotha Khonbao and renamed him as “Naruttom” by Sri Ram  Ata, Gukhai of Bareghor Satra according to Nalandala Gaga Thakur between 1669 to 1745.  

The Nocte Nagas were the only tribes of Arunachal Pradesh who were Hindus from the 18th Century.

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Lowangcha Wanglat

Lowangcha Wanglat hails from the royal family—known as the “Choopha”—of Namsang-Borduria. He became a student activist in 1969. Nominated as the chairman of the NEFA Students’ Union by the JN College Students’ Union for holding the first general conference at Pasighat, Doingomin Hall, to change the nomenclature from NEFA Students’ Union to All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union. He joined the state politics in 1976 in Pasighat. Subsequently, he became the state’s finance minister, transport and aviation minister and home minister. As an aviation minister, he introduced the first civilian helicopter service in the state with 75 percent subsidies from GOI. As a four-term member of the state assembly, he was the first recognized leader of the opposition and was the chairman of various house committees.

His early schooling was at Shillong’s St. Peter School and Darjeeling’s Mount Hermon School, class of 1969. He completed his education at Guwahati University, Assam.

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