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How Oral Folk Tales Tell Origin Stories Of Northeastern Tribes' Arrival In India

When Legends Come Alive: Thousands of oral folk tales among Nor­theastern tribes carry markers of their history

The legend of Sopfunuo Artwork by Toni Sumi

Legend has it that an ancient wild pear tree still stands somewhere in Manipur’s Makhel village, where centuries ago, a united Naga clan converged together for the last time to decide their future course.

According to the Poumai Nagas, a major Naga tribe, Pou, a wise man, had led the Nagas from the Irrawaddy river valley in Myanmar to Makhel. After the meeting, Pou planted his walking stick in the ground. The stick sprouted and grew into a wild pear tree. Before the Nagas dispersed on to different paths to evolve as 16 different tribes, they took an oath that they would unite someday.

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