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Konyak Dance & Konyak Tribes

Why is it in News?

On 5th April, 2019, around 4,700 Konyak Naga women came together in an attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the ‘Largest Traditional Konyak Dance’ in the world.

About Konyak Tribes:

  • Out of the 16 tribes of Nagaland, Konyak tribe is the major tribes of Nagaland and they mainly reside in the Mon District of Nagaland.
  • The distinguishing features of these tribes includes tattoos all over their body (chest, calves, forehead etc.) and pierced ears.
  • It has to be kept in mind that they are not only present in the states of Nagaland, but are present in states of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam too.

Festivals of Konyak Tribes:

It has been observed that UPSC has been asking about the fairs and festivals of the tribes which are in news therefore this segment becomes relevant for the prelims.

Festivals of Konyak Tribes are:

1. Aoleng Manyu Festival- a festival celebrated in the first week of April to welcome the spring. It is the biggest festival of the Konyaks.

2. 'Lao Ong Mo' Festival: It is the traditional harvest festival celebrated in the months of August/ September.

Source: IE, TH