Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Traditional stone pulling to be held at Mezoma


Traditional stone pulling, which is an age-old practise is scheduled to be held at Mezoma village under Kohima district on December 6 at 11 a.m. organized by Mezoma Mechu Kehou (MMK) in collaboration with department of Tourism.
Convener, traditional stone pulling committee, Nicholas Khatsu, in a press conference announced that this year, the annual stone pulling would take place at Mezoma, to commemorate the peace treaty of Anglo Naga Vitho in 1880. Though there was no written text based on the peace treaty, this has been orally passed from generation and generations, he informed.
Chief minister, Neiphiu Rio, will grace the occasion as special guest where all Nagas and visitors are invited to witness and be a part of the traditional stone pulling.
Khatsu also informed that the neighbouring villages Tesophenyu, Tseminyu, Kikruphema and Touphema would be joining wherein tribals Hohos and eastern brethren were also invited.
Approximately 100 strongly built men would pull the stone in their full traditional attire and take part in the pulling while visitors can also join. The distance would be from outskirts till Mezoma village, approximately 700-800 metres which would be followed by village walk from a distance of 700-800 m where the crowd would be served with local beverages, food along the way to the site.

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