Tuensang shares a lot of common factors with Kiphire as far as the inhabiting tribes are concerned. Chang Nagas are the major residents of this place and they share an affinity with the Sema, Lotha, Ao, Yimchungrii, Phom, Sangtam and some Southern Naga tribes, as can be deduced from the ole legends.

Changsangmonko & Chilise

The importance of both these villages lies in the chronicles of legend and history. Whereas Changsangmonko is supposed to be the spot where all living organisms first appeared on the face of the earth, Chilise is loosely recorded as the place where the last headhunting took place in August 1978.

The Living Stones of Tuensang

Tsongliyangti, Chungliyangti or Chungliyimti

Replete with legends of the exploits and stories of the Nagas when they lived as one big family, Chungliyimti is scattered with vestiges of the past. LongthÜroh (Longtrok) or the legendary six stones, lie here in the midst of other ancient relics of the Tsongliyanti/ Chungliyanti civilisations. The Sangtams consider the stones personifications of their ancient holy Gods that gave birth to other stones and moved from one place to another.


Here on the west of the village are located two stones, known locally as Long Akang Threla; according to legend, these two living stones, who were friends, used to visit LongthÜroh or Longterok. They were worshipped by the villagers and even neighbouring enemies went weak when they came across them while headhunting. The village of Tsadang is located just 4 km away from Tsongliyangti/ Chungliyanti.

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