Tangkhul Naga Wungnao Long has objected to the use of “vulgarity” in a recent Lai Haraoba which portrayed the ritual Tangkhul Nurabi/Loutaba in a “distasteful” manner.
The Tangkhul Naga Wungnao Long (TNWL) on Friday said it is compelled to issue this statement against the portrayal of vulgarity during Lai Haraoba. It is a great disrespect to the culture of Tangkhul community.
“We respect the belief systems of every community and any civilised is expected to be tolerant. However, the recently concluded lai haraoba, portraying the ritual Tangkhul Nurabi/Loutaba is distasteful. It presents the Tangkhul community in a very poor light. Such vulgarity as entertainment and art form is condemnable. Tangkhul community has a rich and beautiful culture with highly developed customary norms, laws and practices as indigenous peoples”, said TNWL.
TNWL pointed out that “our textile is not just a piece of cloth. It carries stories and has meanings, significance, contexts and usages. Wearing our traditional attires and performing the most disrespectful and vulgar act removed from such meanings and significance is unacceptable and is an insult to our identity and history”.
It is important to be mindful of the nuances and value system of other communities, when presented in any form, rituals “lest we are compelled to take legal recourse” added the TNWL.
#Editorial: lampooning the Tangkhul Nongpok Ningthou, painted a vulgar representation of the #Tangkhul tribe. However, the more worrying scene, many would say in the act, was the demeaning treatment of women in the name of rituals and drama. #LaiHaraoba https://t.co/kJOndVY1ph pic.twitter.com/BiOTuChnoF
— Ukhrul Times (@ukhrultimes) May 19, 2022