Title: A Visit to the Wizard
Language:Ao (Khar Mongsen)
Description: The folktale holds significant cultural importance within the Ao tribe, reflecting various values, beliefs, and traditions. The tale highlights the belief in individuals possessing supernatural abilities, such as the power of a Tiger. This belief in extraordinary powers is deeply rooted in the tribal culture and underscores their spiritual worldview.
The story also emphasizes the value placed on healing and medicine within the Ao tribe. The old woman, with her Tiger power, possesses the ability to heal the sick. This reflects the tribe’s belief in the power of traditional healing practices and the importance of seeking assistance from those with special abilities.
The role of the old woman as the unexpected protagonist may signify the inherent respect and reverence the Ao tribe holds for their elders. Despite Ajem and Thuli’s cruel treatment, the story may ultimately convey the importance of honoring and valuing older members of the community.
The transmission of knowledge and cultural heritage through oral tradition is evident in the folktale. The story itself serves as a means of preserving and sharing the tribe’s history, beliefs, and values from one generation to the next.
Format & Duration: Audio –5mins 53secs
Date of Recording: 10-Aug-2023
Date of Upload: 14-Nov-2023
Performer: Watitemjen Walling
Creator: Wangshikokla Walling
Publisher: Tetso College, Dimapur
Walling Wangshikokla. 2023. A Visit to the Wizard. (https://neiipa.in/audio/a-visit-to-the-wizard/) NEIIPA,Tetso College. Accessed: (01-Mar-2024)