Book on Thipüzu village launched

Book on Thipüzu village launched
(From left) Village council chairman, Thipüzu, Chorhitso Khamo, author of the book Dr. Sezolü Khamu, principal Patkai Christian College Hüsaü Epao and founder-director Sustainable Development Research Centre, Rüzaphema, Dr. Mechüselie Kehie.
DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 5/20/2019 11:18:52 AM IST

A book titled “Thipüzu: A world of its own, an ethnographic account of a Naga village” was launched by principal Patkai Christian College (PCC) Hüsaü Epao at Thipüzu guest house on May 19.

A press release from PCC mass communication stated that, the book authored by Dr. Sezolü Khamu and published under the banner of Whetstone Publication was dedicated to all the generations of Thipüzumi. 

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Khamu informed that the journey to document the village life in the form of a monograph started way back in July 2016. 

The author stressed on the importance of village ethnographies considering the uniqueness of each village remarked, “It is in taking pleasure in the fascination of the past and the concern for the fast fleeting culture that have inspired me to come up with this monograph.” She also dwelt upon how anthropologists started to shift their attention from typical monographic study of tribes and concentrated on villages when WWII came to a close. 

She said that each village has its own distinctive cultural heritage as such it was important to document each village as a distinctive entity.

As special guest, principal PCC, Hüsazü Epao congratulating the author said that the book was well researched piece, and urged upon everyone to have a copy of the book in order to show it to guests from outside visiting their village. 

Epao also added that the decision to launch the book in the village reflects the author’s and publisher’s genuine acknowledgement of the villagers and the village.  

Founder-director Sustainable Development Research Centre, Rüzaphema, Dr Mechüselie Kehie in his introductory and publisher’s note underscored the significance of documenting the fast eroding cultural heritage of the Naga people. 

He further stated that the book can be a strong medium to pass on the oral tradition and act as historical account of the traditions followed by generations. 

He also informed that after the primary collections of the data, a meeting was held with the village council and research committee of the village which was then approved and authenticated by both. 

Village council chairman, Thipüzu, Chorhitso Khamo and GB Zacutso Thelu-O also spoke on the occasion.

The book is an attempt to cover in brief as many instances that speaks of the life in and about Thipüzu. The prayer dedication was pronounced by pastor, Thipüzu Baptist Church and vote of thanks by Chekropalü Khamu.

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