Mon district in Nagaland is the home of the Konyak Nagas – the largest tribe among the Nagas. Once this tribe was feared for its warrior lifestyle, which included head-hunting (the Konyak who had the maximum number of skulls was considered most powerful). Christianity was largely embraced by the Konyaks and that has led to a change in their lifestyle.
Statue of Angh chief Wangkhao Angh
Konyaks have hereditary rulers known as ‘Anghs’ and it is possible for some tourists to visit the Angh’s houses at Chui, Mon Tangnyu, Wakching, Jaboka, Sheangha and Chingnyu. Usually, the Angh’s house is the largest and has a display of skulls in front of it. Male Konyaks wear large earrings made of boar horns and a loincloth; they also carry a dao (machete) or a gun. Female Konyaks wear a short piece of cloth wrapped around their waist.
Chui Village is a prominent village near Mon. The Angh’s house has a display of skulls of people that were killed by him and his ancestors. The male to female ratio in Chui is rather sad as there are 898 females for every 1000 males, while the literacy rate stands at a half dismal 56.6%. Near to Chui lies Longwa, one of the biggest villages in the region and one that has the distinction of being half in India and half in Myanmar.