Tuesday, December 6, 2022

NU Lumami organises lecture on ‘traditional medicine practices’

Nagaland University Hqs Lumami under the aegis of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, organised a lecture programme on “Traditional Medicine Practices of Nagaland” on November 21 at I. Ihoshe Kinimi Hall.
The event was graced by NU vice chancellor, Prof. Jagadish Kumar Patnaik as chief guest.
In his speech, the VC emphasised on the importance of traditional knowledge saying that many great civilizations had crumbled and disappeared but Indian civilization has sustained because of the enriched knowledge system and its holistic outlook.
He also encouraged the department of Botany to offer diploma course on Ethnomedicinal plants or traditional medicine in collaboration with the proposed School of Horticulture.
Resource person, Dr.Neizo Puro, department of Botany spoke on the topic of “Types of Ethnomedicinal Practitioners: Indigenous Knowledge of some Naga Tribes”.
He said that the tribal people of Nagaland survived on the bioresources available within their reach and that the indigenous knowledge system was a part of the social and cultural life, sustaining them since time immemorial. He identified four types of practitioners in Nagaland: (1). Practitioners who depend on their experience and the knowledge is passed down from their ancestors. (2) Practitioners who relied on spirits/visions they receive from supernatural beings. (3)People who claim to have the spirits of animals such as tigers, snakes, etc. (4) Kopiraz (bonesetter) or people who specialize in bone fractures, sprain, etc.
Another resource person, Judith Huidina Research Scholar, department of Sociology delivered a lecture on “Traditional Medicine Practices of Nagaland”. She pointed out that the lives of the Nagas, as an indigenous people, was greatly dependent and closely linked to the forces of nature and the resources mother earth provided until recently. She also dwelt on the traditional understanding of health as being not limited to just the absence of disease, disability or death, but as a state of physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social well-being.
Earlier, the programme was chaired by Dr. Deepak K. Bhaskar, department of Political Science and welcome address was delivered by Prof. Upasana Bora, HoD, department of Chemistry.
The vote of thanks was delivered by Prof. Athungo Ovung, HoD, department of Sociology.

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