Culture & Heritage

Mon has a number of beautiful sightseeing, trekking, fishing, and picnic spots to attract tourists. It provides serenity, peaceful environment undisturbed by the hub-hub of busy city life. Some of the tourist spots are (a) Wanching, Wakching, Mon, Shangnyu, Chui, Longwa, Angphang, Monyakshu, Pessao and Changlangshu, famous for wood carving; (b) Sheanghachingnyu, Langmeang and Longwa are famous for skull exhibits and wood carving; (c) Dikhu river, Tizit, Tapi, Teyap etc. are sights for tourist attraction for fishing and picnicking; (d) Yetyong, Kaimang, Maksha and Thannyak rivers are popular for trout fishing; (e) Chiknyuho, Shawot, Ngupdang and Longwa are famous for Second World War remains and rock inscriptions; (f) Yei, Monyakshu, Pessao, Yongkao and Tamkong are the spots of attraction for ornithologists and for watching Tragopan birds; (g) Shangnyu and Chui have been declared as the ethnic villages providing a rich educational research work for anthropologists. These two villages are ruled by the Chief Anghs. Traditional architecture and old sculptures provide historical background of the past of Konyaks and their culture and tradition.

The Konyaks are of Mongoloid in origin. Before the advent of Christianity into Nagaland, the Konyaks were the believers of “Animism” worshipping different objects of nature. About 95% of the population follows the Christian faith now.

The Konyak society is obviously a patriarchal society and is dominated by male chauvinism. The eldest son of the family usually inherits the paternal property. The male members take all major decisions regarding the village, society etc. and women cannot partake in the discussion in the meeting. But trends are gradually changing with more liberal thinking and treating women as equal to men in all respects. The Konyaks speak different dialects in different villages. Each village has its own sub-dialect quite distinct from others. The Konyaks are hospitable in nature, warm hearted and fond of merry-making. Elderly men indulge themselves with “Khalap” which is black tea. A kettle is always left in the fireplace for boiling black tea.