How to live in Myanmar, the old "bounty hunters"
• How to live in Myanmar, the old "bounty hunters"
The tribe of the Nagas of Myanmar was once called "bounty hunters" and, although currently they do not collect such trophies as the horrible skulls of enemies, many ancient traditions have survived to this day. Reuters photographer, stumbled on the Internet at an old photograph of a woman of the tribe, I decided to find out what has changed in the lives of these people for five decades. He went to a difficult journey, to tell us about how to live in Myanmar, the old "bounty hunters."
Naga tribe is part of a group of peoples Naga - related hill tribes and ethnic groups, who live mainly in the north-eastern India and in the border areas of Myanmar.
And though the history of the Naga tribe somewhat forgotten, before they were known as the "bounty hunters." Naga attributed remains, particularly skulls, magical properties, so took the heads of slain enemies as war booty.
Naga tribes living in the Sagaing region of Myanmar, has about 120 thousand people. They live mainly from agriculture and fishing. This is a very poor tribe, and the lack of roads leading to their place of residence, is not conducive to improving the situation of the local population.
Naga tribe is also known for its special traditional way of fishing. They use a network of braided or toxic powder from crushed leaves, which cast on the surface of the water. But the most spectacular fishing - this is when the Naga thrown into the river homemade explosives, and then catch the stunned fish teeth.
Currently, the hunters of the tribe of the Nagas do not hang skulls of his enemies in the woods in front of the house special, as it was before. But the tradition of hanging animal skulls still preserved - it should bring them success during the next hunt.
Many of the traditions of the tribe, such as wearing a loin-woven dressings, irretrievably lost. All men are now the Naga ordinary trousers.
A opium smoking tradition has been preserved ... Naga harvested poppies used to make opium on local fields. Mainly used it for themselves, often sold to for the money to buy clothes or household items.
Interestingly, the women of the tribe Nagas do not use the drug, whereas the opposite sex has already developed a strong addiction. Naga men consume opium during hunting and field work. It is made from sun-dried milky juice of unripe poppy opium poppy capsules. And then heated with water to form a paste.
Some men Naga tribe smoke opium with traditional bamboo pipes (see photo).
Today, people Naga tribe living in isolation, away from civilization. But very soon this may change. Telecommunication foreign companies are planning to build their network throughout Myanmar. It is possible that in two years the residents of these areas will have access to mobile communications.
In addition, the government plans to build a modern housing for Nagano. Traditionally, when a man from the tribe of Naga marries, he completes a room for himself and his wife in the house of his parents. In one village there is a house with 73 rooms, connected to each other. He is more like a train than a house and live in it ... 73 families.
The Myanmar authorities are also planning to build a new road in the area, which will ride shuttle buses. This will lead to the fact that the Nagas no longer be isolated from the outside world and, quite possibly, will completely change their traditional way of life.
"My journey was not easy, because the Naga tribe isolated from the outside world. To get there it was necessary to go first in a car with 4-wheel drive, and then on a motorcycle, and then a long walk. I'm not a walker, and since I had to carry a heavy camera equipment, I was really tired - all the more so during the journey had often climb "- Reuters photographer said.
"When we finally got to a village, the Naga have been very open and curious. News of our arrival quickly spread, and locals even staged a celebration in our honor, "- says the author of these photos.
"When we were about to leave, the villagers asked me if I could come back and bring their printed photos. I hope that soon I will be able to visit them again, "- said Tong.
The tribe Nagas or "bounty hunters."
While civilization has not reached here, but very soon this may change.
However, with the advent of civilization in these areas may disappear amazing centuries-old traditions of the Naga tribe.