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Into the Abode of the Headhunters of Nagaland with My Vivo

Revisiting the enigmatic past of Konyak tribes with Vivo V15Pro.

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The guarded territories of Longwa vllage expand till the mountain tops in the background.

 

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The village elders are the last living witnesses of the headhunting traditions. When asked, they say they celebrate and remember it with pride.

 

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The geometric tattoos, though common in various tribes of northeast, are an integral part of Konyak ornamentation as well.

 

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Despite a simple outlook, the houses of the Konyak tribe present an all-encompassing warmth.

 

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As an everyday routine, the tribes prepare for a hunt—sharpening the weapons and laying the traps.

 

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The tribes are experts at camouflaging. They merge with the surroundings in a intricate manner, catching the prey off guard.

 

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Konyak histories are re-emphasized in their jewellery, with the skull being a symbolic motif present in most of their metal/wood ornamentation.

 

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The photographer captures the mindfully created symbolic identities by Konyak women in an exquisite click.

 

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Journeying into the rough terrains of Nagaland is perhaps every photographer’s dream. The raw and tenacious world of Konyaks, full with their fearsome headhunting traditions, is one of the proverbial soul-stirring experiences that everyone longs for. As Nirvair Rai discovers the mystical world of the last headhunter tribe in India, their warm abodes and their intricate bond with nature, he experiences the charm of age-old traditions, guarded ferociously by the sentient, till this very day. As every image takes you through history, sit back and indulge.

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