The sentinel
SECRETS OF NORTH EAST INDIA
21.07.2021
HOME OF LAST SURVIVING HEADHUNTERS
The Konyak tribe of Nagaland, known as the headhunters of North East. They are recognised as the last living headhunters who love wars and cut the heads of opponent warriors and hang them on the public places which signifies power.
THE ONLY MATRIARCHAL SOCIETY OF INDIA
The Khasi tribe of Meghalaya is one of the few societies in the world that follows a matrilineal system. Women are head of the family and the one who earn for the family.
THE AMBUBACHI MELA
An annual Hindu fair held at the Kamakhya temple of Assam. It is believed that Goddess Kamakhya goes into her yearly menstruation for which a period of three consecutive days at this time all temples, across Assam, dedicated to the Goddess remains shut.
SANCTUARY OF EXOTIC SPECIES
This region has rich biodiversity and is the home to some of the most globally threatened species like Red Panda, One Horned Rhinos, Golden Langurs, etc.
HOST OF THE WORLD'S LARGEST ELECTRIC GUITAR ENSEMBLE
A Guinness World Record was created when 368 participants in Nagaland gathered to strum to the tunes of ‘Knocking on heaven’s door’ by Guns N’ Roses to promote brotherhood.
TRADITION OF BARTER SYSTEM AT JONBEEL MELA
An annual fair held in the Morigaon district of Assam. The main attraction of the fair currently is the barter system that takes place among the tribes, tourists and general people coming here.
NGHAH LOU DAWR CULTURE OF MIZORAM
It is basically the shops without shopkeepers. You will find the price list right there along with a deposit box where you can leave the money and take what you paid for which is indeed an act of trust and empathy.
SECRET TUNNELS OF TALATAL GHAR
Built by the Ahom kings of Assam as an army base, It consists of two secret tunnels which were used as exit routes during the battles of the Ahom.
BEWARE OF THE CHILLIES
Bhut jolokia or ghost chillies mostly found in Assam and Nagaland has been recorded as the hottest chilli in the world with 1,001,300 scoville heat units.
THE RIVER ISLAND OF ASSAM
The home of Asia's largest as well as smallest river island. Majuli being considered as the largest and Umananda Island to be world’s smallest inhabited island right in the middle of river Brahmaputra.
THE MAWPHLANG SACRED FOREST
A tiny community of Mawphlang in Meghalaya are protecting the watersheds and biodiversity. This tribal community is now set to be country’s first REDD pilot (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and (forest) Degradation).
THE GHOST THAT GUARDS THE BORDER
Harbhajan Singh was an Indian army soldier who died near the Nathula Pass in eastern Sikkim. Soldiers believe that Baba would warn them of any impending attack at least the three days in advance.