Songlong Thong is the first stone monument of the Nocte tribe. It was built in the 1800s or before, to commemorate the number of human heads collected during raids.
Songlong Thong is the first monument built by the Nocte tribe. It is at least two centuries old, 1800s, and was built by the Noctes from Borduria village. It is located at the peak of Borduria and next to the village's helipad.
Songlong Thong is an important historical site and is composed of at least fifty monoliths. Each monolith represents one human head. However, the heads were kept in a designated place, near it, called Pang. The monoliths serve as a perennial reminder of the head-hunting era of the Noctes.
Whenever the head-hunters of Borduria brought with them a human head, a stone was erected as a tally. The tallest monolith is about one hundred twenty centimetres and the shortest monolith is around 40 centimetres. One should note that the length of the monolith had no importance of its own.
After erecting the stones, the head-hunters would perform a menacing dance and would sometimes jump over the taller stones to show that he is not afraid of the enemy’s spirit. This particular dance was called Khip-Khop. In the past, no civilians would loiter around the site because they believed the site was haunted by the malevolent spirits of the dead.
The Songlong Thong had been recognized by the Directorate of Research (Archaeological Section) of Arunachal Pradesh as an important historical site of the state.
In 1840, Mrs. Bronson, wife of Miles Bronson, translated Worcester's Primer in Nocte language to teach her native students of Namsang. It is the first book in Nocte language and contains 56 pages.