Historically, the Nagas have always been brave warriors. They consider the safety and security of their guests as an honour and prestige and will never allow any harm to be done to any of their guests/visitors.
The Nagas were originally referred to as Naka in Burmese language, which means ‘people with pierced noses’. The Naga tribes had socio-economic and political links with tribes in Assam and Burma (Myanmar); even today a large population of Naga inhabits Assam and the hill districts of Manipur. Following an invasion in 1816, the area, along with Assam, came under direct rule of Burma. This period was noted for oppressive rule and turmoil in Assam and Naga hills.
When the British East India Company took control of Assam in 1826, Britain steadily expanded its domain over all of the Naga Hills except theTuensang area in the northeast by 1892. This geographical area was politically amalgamated into Assam. Missionaries played an important part in converting Nagaland’s Naga tribes to Christianity.
Not much is known about the history before the Burmese invasion or before the Naga people were converted to Christianity.
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