Pukreila and AksÜ: Re-Imagining Naga People’s Hospitality and Peacemaking

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Abstract

This paper examines the Naga traditions of hospitality and peacemaking, focusing especially on two traditions: Pukreila and Aksü, in light of the contemporary north-east Indian context of booming tourism, issues of migrants, immigrants and refugees, and ethnic and communal conflict. While Pukreila signifies peacemaking through the initiative of a girl or woman marrying a man from another village, Aksü is a distinctive example of peacemaking and reconciliation effected through collective efforts. In their most broad use, both Pukreila and Aksü signify the breaking down of mistrust, hatred, and hostility, while affirming acceptance, forgiveness, peace and harmony between or among peoples. This paper is an attempt at reimagining the Naga people’s traditions of hospitality and peacemaking in light of the conference theme, “Reimagining Asian Hospitality,” and especially in light of the Naga people’s history of struggle for freedom and reconciliation. The paper will further explore the life and teachings of Jesus on hospitality and peacemaking, and draw out their significance for re- imagining hospitality and peacemaking today.

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Disclaimer: The Arek do not claim ownership of this article. This article is written by Rev.Prof.Dr. Yangkahao Vashum, Eastern Theologian College, Jorhat Assam.

To cite this article: Vashum,Y.(2020). Phukreila and Aksu:Re-Imagining Nagas People’s Hospitality and Peacemaking. QUEST: Studies on Religion & Cultural in Asia.