The Lotha Morung Credit: EastMojo Image

Kohima: Morungs, also known as dormitories, are centres where young people after attaining the age of puberty reside to train about the ways of life. Morungs act as a centre for learning and education.

Covering all dimensions of life, young boys who entered the Morungs were taught the art of cultivating fields, stone sculpting, basket making, music, warfare and so on.

“It is the centre of learning like the modern-day educational system,” an elder from the Angami Naga tribe tells EastMojo.

The structure of the Morungs reflects the ancient architectural style of the Naga tribes and it is called differently by the various Naga tribes.

It is known as Kichuki in Angami, Arju in Ao, Haku in Chang, Chumpo in Lotha, Apuki in Sumi, Renshe in Rengma, Pang in Phom, Awikhuh in Pochury, Khiangyam in Yimchungru, Pon in Khiamnyiungan, Herangki in Zeliang, Singtang in Sangtam, Ban in Konyak, Chethiche in Chakhesang.

A Sumi Naga elder says that the Morungs are very special to them. The elder said that the inscriptions on the Morung signify unity, wealth, prosperity, warriors, bravery, and the ancient worship of stars and rainbows before the coming of Christianity.

According to an elder from the Phom Naga tribe, the Morungs in the ancient days are built before building a village.

Even as the celebration of the Hornbill festival at the Kisama Naga heritage village is called off this year, take a look at some of the Naga Morungs from the heritage village:

The Zeliang Morung
Chakhesang Morung
Yimchungru Morung
Angami Morung
Ao Morung
The Konyak Morung
Pochury Morung

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