Tribal Disease Aetiology: A Case Study of the Tangkhul Naga

The emergence of humans from their ape ancestors is intertwined with the appearance of the disease. Since then, diseases of varied kinds continue to pose the greatest challenge to human survival and sustenance. Thousands of years of association eventually led humans to develop different strategies to confront disease and health maintenance. As a result, every human group inhabiting varying social and environmental conditions has its medical logic and theories, which are constantly improved with new medical insight and the emergence of new diseases. This paper explores the various existing theories and interpretations of disease among the Tangkhul Nagas of Manipur. It brings out diverse disease theories that continue to shape the understanding of health and diseases among this group of people.