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The Naga Hills Sagaing Region Pagodas & Monuments | Landscape | 0 comments

Not to be confused with the serpentine Naga of Buddhist and Hindu lore, the Naga are an ethnic minority who live along the border with India.
The Naga Hills

They are so named from the Burmese word for pierced ears. This is the same ethnic group that occupies what is known in India as Nagaland, though on the Burmese side of the border the area is known as The Naga Hills District.

The Naga are known for their ferocity in combat. In pre-modern times, they had managed to repulse invaders time and time again, cementing their reputation as fearsome warriors. The fact that they were once headhunters only added to their mystique.

Given its remoteness, The Naga Hills district is usually reached through the towns of Kalaymyo or Khamti, which have air links to the rest of Myanmar (Burma). However, tourists should  know that the region has seen the benefit of development in recent years. And, like their cousins in India, many Naga have converted to Christianity.

As such, it may seem as if the old warrior traditions have faded. Fortunately, the Naga have not forgotten and a trip during the Naga New Year in mid-January will allow visitors to witness the tribe express their traditional culture in all its glory.

For more in the Sagaing region, click here.


More attractions in Sagaing Region? Check out: Chattin Wildlife Sanctuary

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