A Naga Odyssey

Visier Meyasetsu Sany, Richard Broome

A Naga Odyssey
Monash University Publishing
1 July 2024

A Naga Odyssey

Visier Meyasetsu Sany, Richard Broome

An updated edition of this remarkable story, with a new postscript.

Visier Meyasetsu Sany, his family and fellow villagers of Khonoma, fled for their lives to the jungles of Nagaland in 1956. He and his family survived privations and starvation for over two years, though many others did not. Visier emerged from the jungle aged eight and into a turbulent world altered by Western influence, civil war and colonial oppression. He found refuge from war in Australia where, over two decades, he faced the loss of home and tradition, and found healing and a second home. This powerful story tracks Visier's fascinating journey from indigenous religion to Christianity, from village school to a professorship, and from small town life to appearances before the United Nations. His kaleidoscopic sixty-year odyssey to find peace, tranquillity, and forgiveness for others, is vividly told against the rich tapestry of the Naga quest to be free.

'A Naga Odyssey is also a particularly Australian story - of the challenges of a refugee family encountering everyday racism but also local compassion, and of displacement from family and the cultural alienation that comes with exile. It is also universalist in its empathy with the plight of Indigenous peoples in terms of loss of land, culture, independence and sovereignty: "all Indigenous people share a tremendous grief, sadness and anger, that something has been taken away from them"'. - Victorian Historical Journal

'Out of great suffering comes fulfilment, as Visier's remarkable story so dramatically illustrates.' - Initiatives of Change news

'For anyone who wants to know about Nagas and their history this book is invaluable.' - Sunday Herald

'So eloquent is Sany's description that a reader almost feels migrated to a world that never belonged and would never belong to her or him. The book is an odyssey of events and experiences.'- Shillong Times

'Part autobiography, part history of Nagaland and its tribes, traditions and culture, A Naga Odyssey will appeal to readers interested in accounts of personal struggle and achievement, colonialism and integration, civil war and resistance.' - Books+Publishing

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