Saturday, May 5, 2012

Takar Ki

Takar Ki (Richman’s Home) is the home of the richest man during our forefather’s time. Aliba village is under the district of Mokokchung. Takar Ki is built as a memorial and historical home in the village of Aliba. The Takar Ki is build by the Aliba Cultural Club, Aliba with the initiative of the village council. Takar Ki is build with the view to preserve the rich culture and tradition of the Ao especially for the youngsters of today to teach them and show how the tradition and culture during the time of our forefathers and how the Home of the rich man looks like at their time.

Takar Ki, built by the Aliba Cultural Club, Aliba at Aliba Village. Inaugurated on May 02, 2012 by Shri. Yogender Chaudhry IRS, Advisor Competition Commission of India.

Inside the Takar Ki: During the old times, at the home of the richman’s house there were meat (Pork, Peef, etc) in the tsükden. (Tsükden is in Ao dialect. It is where we keep firewood, meat to dry, baskets etc).

During the time of our forefathers they use these types of basket to carry rice after reaping from to paddy field to home and used in many ways. It is handmade from Yong (Treat from Bamboo) and cane.

During the old days our forefathers build the homes without using any nails that are available today but instead use yong made from bamboo and cane. Even the roof was from leafs of a fruit tree called Süra. It is very useful in mays and also we can eat the fruit of Süra. The fruit of Süra is called as Sürajang.

These are the different types of basket used by the people from the time of our forefather till today. We can see these types of baskets in many villages. Names of the baskets we can see in the pictures are: From left: Pakti (Use for many purpose like drying eatables, can even make bed to sleep specially while sleeping in the fields. It is made from both bamboo and cane thread). Next to Pakti are four different types of baskets that are made from bamboo and can thread to carry things. These baskets are call Ji. The bigger Ji is called Mozü Ji.

Again in the picture we can see a different kind of basket that we carry in our head. The basket is call Tzüda khu. It is used when going to fetch water. Inside the tzüda khu we can see some bamboos, these are called Tzüshi, it is used to carry water as during the old days there were no buckets or pail like we have today. Tzüshi is put in the tzüdakhu and carries over the head.

It’s the fireplace made in the kitchen. All the family members sit around the fire place in the evenings. In the old days our forefathers made the fireplace by putting 3 stones in three sides in the centre of the kitchen. The three stones put in the middle of the kitchen signifies that society began from the stone.

This is called the Semki. It is made from big logs. It is used to grind rice. In old times there were no rice mills to grind the rice like we have today. In their time our forefathers had to grind the rice in it with their own hands for the whole family.

In the pictures we can see a big log drum. The log drum is use to inform the village folk of the enemies coming to attack and to prepare to defend the village. In times of danger the log drum is beat in different tunes to convey message from one village to another.

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