Tirap district

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The Tirap district is located in the southeastern part of the state of Arunachal Pradesh in India. It shares a state border with Nagaland and Assam, an international border with Myanmar and a district border with Changlang.

Geography

The elevation ranges from 200 meters in the northwest to 4,000 meters in the Patkai Hills. In Tirap district Nocte is the most populated tribe, they have the majority in the area. In Tirap district the educational institute known as Ramakrishna Mission School plays a major role to uplift the education system of Tirap.

People and Religion

Much of the tribal population consists of the Naga related Nocte, Konyak and Wancho, who traditionally followed Hinduism and Animism, although most of them have converted into Christians. Smaller communities of Tutsa, Tangsa and Singhpo can be found in the district as well. Festive fairs and festivals such as the Loku of the Nocte, Oriya or Ojiyele of the Wancho and the Pongtu festival of the Tutsa are celebrated in full flair. Along with these festivals Durga Puja is also celebrated here.

Christianity was first introduced in Arunachal Pradesh in the district of Tirap. Borduria became the first village to observe silver jubilee of Catholic Church in the state in 2004. Tirap boasts a number of Christian missionaries from many parts of India. These had resulted in significant proportions of the Hindu Nocte tribe to convert to Christianity, especially in its stronghold in Khonsa. However, Naga-based...
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