Mejen Rongpang, a book on the tales and myths of the Aos was released Thursday in Kohima by chairman NIDC, Nüklutoshi. Speaking on the occasion as the chief guest, Nuklutoshi said forefathers handed down oral history to the generation and in the process the community must have lost good number of records over the years.
As such, he said Ao Students’ Union Kohima, ASUK has come out with a noble thought to keep the oral stories of the forefathers documented, adding it was a great effort made by the younger generation to preserve the legend and tradition of the community.
He encouraged the young scholars to take full advantage of the literature which would pave the way to flourish Ao literature not only in the state but to try and take the effort a step further for others to learn through means of technology.
Vice president, Ao Senden, Martsungba, who spoke on the occasion appreciated the effort of the publisher and said the release of the book spoke volumes of the vision the young generation has for the community and urged the youth to keep updated with learning the history and ideologies of the forefathers. Stating that there are around 80 villages under Mokokchung district Martsungba wished all villages would contribute and participate in the coming years.
President, Kohima Ao Telongjem, Dr. Benjong Aier, Dr. Tali Imsong, former director, printing and stationery, Toshinungba also spoke at the programme. Mejen Rongpang is a collection of tales and myths of the Aos and published by the Ao Students’ Union Kohima, with an aim to educate the younger generation of the great legends of the forefathers and also to encourage scholars for research towards knowing the history and heritage.