Language: Lotha Naga language
Source: James Philip Mills, 1922


Yanthang is a Lotha Naga name for a number of two-handed, single-edged swords with an all-steel construction. The word seems to refer to the same group of weapons as the Ao Naga term noklang.1


A drawing of Yanthang


"The other obsolete type is that known as yanthang. These are supposed to have been brought from the north-west in the olden days, and a number of them are still kept as heirlooms. They vary much in shape, but usually have very long, narrow blades and always terminate in a long haft which must have passed right through the wooden grip as it does in the case of the Kabul dancing dao. These daos are much treasured and are only produced at "gennas," when they are stuck upright, haft down, into the ground. The most famous is that of the hero Ramphan which is preserved at Akuk.*

*Some villages seem to regard this particular dao only as yanthang and either do not know, or refuse to admit, the existence of a whole class of daos called by that name. -John Henry Hutton." 2


1. James Philip Mills; The Lhota Nagas. Macmillan, London. 1922. Pages 16-17.
2. Ibid.


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