The residents of Longwa village, live in both India and Myanmar, and say they enjoy the best of both worlds. Longwa is a village that lies 42 km away from the Mon town of Nagaland. Its inhabitants have dual citizenship as the Indo-Myanmar border passes through it.
This village has traditional large houses made of wood with thatched roof, located 42 kms from the main Mon town at the Myanmarese border. It is quite an interesting place for sight-seeing.
You would be amazed to know that, the boundary between India and Myanmar passes across this village dividing the chief’s house into two- half of Chief’s house in India and his other half of house in Myanmar.
The chief is also called as Angh and he has 60 wives and rule more than 70 villages. The villagers don’t need a visa to move around the border and roam freely. Even, some families have their kitchen in Myanmar and bedroom in India. Some young residents of this village are enrolled in the Myanmarese Army as well. Longwa is quiet and serene place with hospitable Naga people.
In this quiet village of Longwa, it is a case of oneness – one village, one identity but two nationalities. Konyak tribes are dominant in Longwa. Konyak people live on two sides of the boundary line but the emotional bonding among them stays strong. How long this bonding will exist? Time knows.
Boundaries and citizenships are human inventions. This village is an example of a true world without any boundaries. Here on the left is India, and on the right is Myanmar.
People of this country have got double citizenship.
This remote village in Nagaland is partly foreign territory. It has a ‘king’ whose household eats in Myanmar and sleeps in India. It has a church, where half the congregation prays on the other side of the border. Neither they have to take a visa nor a passport to go to India from Myanmar and Myanmar to India.
In one part of the village, the tarred road acts as the border. Step off it and you are in Myanmar. People from across frequent the grocery stores lining the Indian side of the road all through the day. ”
Angh is the hereditary chief or the king of the Konyak tribe.
The international border cut Angh’s house vertically, the right half is in Mon district of Nagaland and the left half in Sagaing Division of Myanmar. The border ran through the middle of the house from front to back. Longshah Waghnow said, “Here we have a village council, but we can not elect our village chief according to the rule of Konyaks Chief is selected by blood. It is hereditary. ”
Konyaks are better known as head hunters, this being a tradition.
Longwa is a hilly rain forest. It still has most of its houses made with traditional thatch and bamboo. The tribes of this village are known as headhunters. Explains that earlier people used to kill humans and carry their scalp with them.
For the warriors, the taking of a head was a great honour and the number of heads taken indicated the power of a warrior. Now 10-13 head hunters are alive. After the 1970s head hunting stopped. And head hunting is now history, with the new generation of Konyak’s looking for acceptable livelihood and development opportunities.
Best Time To Visit
In between the months of October and March, Longwa village can offer you the best. The weather is very pleasant during those months and will also help you enjoy the sightseeing without any problem. During that time, Nagaland Tourism is also at its peak owing to many festivals and fairs.
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