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Paper Id: IJCIRAS1648
Title: LAONII FESTIVAL: A CATALYST FOR PRESERVING CULTURAL IDENTITY OF THE POUMAI NAGA
Published in: International Journal Of Creative and Innovative Research In All Studies
Publisher: IJCIRAS
ISSN: 2581-5334
Volume / Issue: Volume 3 Issue 3
Pages: 6
Published On: 9/3/2020 9:59:14 PM      (MM/dd/yyyy)
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Name: Hepuni Liba
Institute: Nagaland University, Kohima Campus Meriema
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Abstract
Research Area: History
KeyWord: Laonii, Laokhou, Loutouyu, Veilii, Vai, Pousouyu (diviner)
Abstract: Since time immemorial traditional festivals have been an indispensable part of any society. Festivals manifest intangible cultural heritage reflecting its rich culture and tradition of any community. The present paper attempts to situate the meaning of festivals of Poumai Nagas with special reference to Laonii festival. Laonii is an oldest and the most popular customary festivals celebrated in the month of Laokhou (July) which has multifaceted meaning and significances. It is an occasion of renewing bond and believing that no one should be in want of foods and wine (rice beer).It begins with the ritual purification of the house by compiling articles for religious rituals. Some of such rituals are as Loutouyu- a male gender sacramental ceremony, sending off the visitors/guests - the day the villagers eat and drink rice beer to their hearts content. Veilii- the village male folk who have taken sacrament shout at their enemies. The fourth day village cleaning day, the fifth day festival is the day for refusing evil spirit. The priest will release a cook and a branch of Vai (smellies herb) which is kept on the road side so that the spirit won’t be able to bear the smell and will not encroach into the village, followed by male mass hunting after performing Pousouyu (diviner) foretelling about the suitability of area for hunting and about the village for that calendar year. Men folk will go for hunting with their weapons and kill wild animals or birds as much as they can whereas women are restricted to go outside the village gate, and also restricted them from weave till the hunting is over. After returning home from hunting, all the man folk proceeded to the nearby village river in whooping where all the males take a dip and all the war weapons like gun, spear, swords, shield, etc., are washed off. On completion of bath, the elders bless them. This paper analyses the importance of customary festivals and its preservation of the Poumai Naga with special reference to Laonii festival.
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Hepuni Liba, "Laonii festival: A catalyst for preserving cultural identity of the Poumai Naga", International Journal Of Creative and Innovative Research In All Studies, vol. 3, no. 3, pp. 30-35, 2020.
MLA Hepuni Liba "Laonii festival: A catalyst for preserving cultural identity of the Poumai Naga." International Journal Of Creative and Innovative Research In All Studies, vol 3, no. 3, 2020, pp. 30-35.
APA Hepuni Liba (2020). Laonii festival: A catalyst for preserving cultural identity of the Poumai Naga. International Journal Of Creative and Innovative Research In All Studies, 3(3), 30-35.
Laonii festival: A catalyst for preserving cultural identity of the Poumai Naga
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