The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

sound recording - "Inde-Nagaland : Chant des tribus Sema et Zeliang"

caption: Zeliang dance of the bracelets, "teta lin"
medium: sound
ethnicgroup: Zeliang
date: 1985
person: Maison du Culture du Monde, Paris
text: The ensemble is formed of two groups who, singing in unison, respond to each other throughout the song. There is a simple variation in volume. The melody starts very slowly, grows gradually faster and ends in a final shout.
"I do not want to leave the Zeliang country
I will stay there and I"ll dance
With the bracelets coming from Manipur
With the bracelets you have brought me
And which all those coming here admire"