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Nangkhang Koiba Tradition of Meetei Race of Kangleipak :: Part 1
- Discovery Of Kangleipak -

Wangkhemcha Chingtamlen *



The Nangkhang Koiba Tradition of the Meetei Race of Kangleipak
The Ganesha and Kartik Tradition of the Hind of India


The question whether the Ngonkhang Koiba Tradition of the Meetei Race of Kangleipak is more Ancient than the Nongkhong Koiba Tradition, has agitated the mind of the writer sice about 5 months back by an unknown telephone call from a middle aged person.

The telephone caller called the writer as 'Ipa' (Father). What the caller said was that "Many men said to me that the Nongkhong Koiba Tradition copied from the Ganesha and Kartik Tradition of the Hindu. What is your opinion in this matter, Ipa!" This was what the caller meant in his telephone call in substances.

The writer answered, "For time being, I have agreed to your suggestion that The Nongkhong Koiba Tradition copied from the Ganesha and Kartik Tradition of the Hindu. But you ask your men who said the Nongkhong Koiba Tradition copied from the Ganesha and Kartik Tradition of the Hindu that what was the name of the Hindu Tradition, in what Veda, Puran etc. the name of the Tradition was enshrined. Only then I will give you the final answer." This was my response to the caller and his opinion in the Tradition. After this response from the writer, the caller never contracted the writer again upto this day.

The question posed before the writer is a big challenge to the core of the Kanglei Meetei Culture, which the humble writer Espoused in his whole life upto this day, to be the oldest culture of the mankind.

Immediately the writer examined same Puya, scripture available with him and found some very enlightened clues.

At the same time, the writer required some documents also from the internet regarding the matter at hand.

What the humble writer found in the Kanglei Puya, Scripture, Wakoklon Hulel Tribel Sabi Ama ilou Pukok :
"Pali Atonpan|
Eesanou Konchin Tukthapa Haipa Mingthoupu Fangcheiye||
Thapung Tala Naopukhipana Mapapungki Fampan Fangkhong Talet lakpu
Koituna Fampan Men Tongpa Fangehaye||
Mayampung Sanamalipu Masak Khangtuna|
NIngthi Thoina Ningtuna Teipang Miki Fampan Tongcheiye||
Walam Asina Pukokne ||0||

Asum Touna Pakhongpana Mingthon Fangtuna |
Saion Tala Puthoktuna|
Mathou Manpam Pangthokpata Maming Talanma Fangchei||0||


This is the first statement enshrined in the Puya encountered by the writer in the above mentioned Puya.

Please see the 2nd encounter in the above mentioned Puya by the writer :
"Nongthou Malon Taletki Yafamta Tingpalpa Mapuna
Saion Toutuna Taipungpalpa Santhokmaphamni Haituna Santhong Apanpa Kouna|
Mala Leipu Oikhale||
Malem Leikhalong Talet na Amempa Leimulonki Masakkuman|
Taipnag Palpaki Tungnafam Leisa Oina Leikhale||
Lei lipa Asiki Ma-ongpa ||
Nongthou Ma-ong Leppapu Nongkhung Haina Haikhale||"


There two statements enshrined in the kanglei scripture show what is "Nongkhong" and the nature of 'Nongkhong Koipa' Tradition clearly in substance. The writer's knowledge gained from the experiences from the Kanglei Scripture and some articles webcasted under the caption "22 significance of Ganesh worship" and other caption the writer feels honestly and confidently that there is no room of the Kanglei Tradition of 'Nongkhong Koipa' copying or imitating the Ganesh and Kartik Tradition of India in philosophy and in moral value.

The hindu legued is not a match for Nongkhong Koiba now the writer will examine the significance of Ganesh worship, closely step by step vise-a-vis the Kanglei Nongkhong Koiba Tradition to enlightened writers/readers. In the Indian legend of Ganesh, the Actor are Siva and Parvati (Prents) and their two sons, Ganesh and Kartikeya, all earthly beings Parents and son, with all the limitations of being born as human being on the earth. The two sons' means of travelling in their legend are a mouse (until they say in Manipur) for Ganesh and a Peacock for Kartikeya, one small animal the other a small bird, with all the extreme limitations being born on the earth. This assertion cannot be encountered reasonably by any man on the earth on any ground.

The legend of the Ganesh and Kartikeya is simply a squabble of two earth by sibling, to say in short.

The names of Ganesh and Kartikeya had different names according to the difference of the writer. What they did also are different according to the differences of writer. One peculiar things in the Hindu legend|Tradition, the present writer encountered as articles, write up etc., no name of their legend|tradition is mentioned in Sanskrit, Hindi etc. by any writer, even though they say the legend etc. are mentioned in Mahapuran up a Puran etc.

It seems to show the legend of Ganesh and Kartikey is samply a Jumbling Collection without having fixed root in the Hindu culture and Tradition of India.

In one article under the caption : "22. Significance of Ganesh Worship." The writer says 'Parameshwara invited his two sons, Vinayaka and Subramanya to go round the world and said that whoever completed the trip first would get a fruit immediately." Subramanya (Kartik) started immediately to go world with his peacock, but vinayaka (Ganesh) without taking the tedious journey of going round the world, he simply circumambulated his parents before Kartik arrived and sitting before his parents he claimed he had gone round the world. He won the race, saying his parents are more than the world.

In another article, Parvati asked her two sons to go the world Kartik started to go the world with his peacock, but Ganesh taking a few rounds (no number of rounds mentioned) before his mother and claimed his duty was performed, claiming his mother is more than the world. He won the race.

In a third article, Parvati asked her two son to go round the world Ganesh without going round the world, he simply asked his parents to stand together and took three rounds of them. He won the race claiming his parents are more than the world.

Yet in another article, when Ganesh and Kartik become of age to get married, Siva and Parvati wanted them to get married. But a problem has arises for the parents. The two sons argued seriously who would marry first. To solve the problem, Siva asked his sons to go round the earth and the son who completed first will get married first.

Kartik started his trip immediately with his peacock. But Gensh did not start. After some time, Ganesh want round his mother Parvati seven times after seven baths in the river before Kartik arrived.

Ganesh won the race because his mother Parvati was divine mother, more than the earth on the authority of the Vedas.

These are some of the Traditional write-ups of the Hindu about the Ganesh and Kartik Traditions. In contrast and against this of Indian Hindu, the meetei race of Kangleipak had their "Nognkhong Koiba" Tradition enshrined in the Puya, the sacred scripture of the race. To know and to digest, please examine the above quoted two portions of the Puya very carefully.

In the above first quotation "Thapung Tala Naopukhipana", have "Thapung Tala" means "ten full months"; Naopukhipana" means "was in the womb of the mother". Further means "Pakhangba was woman born', but not his elder brother Sanamahi. "Mapapungki Fampan Fangkhong Taletlakpa Koituna" "mapabung" means Salailel Sitapa (space, Ating-aa, Ipa Sararel Persinefied), "Fampan Fangkhong" means the seat of the God Father salailel Sitapa. "Men Tongpa", "Fampan Tongpa" both means 'to become king' of the land, Now please come to the 2nd quotation from the Puya and please examine the Para quoted very carefully.

To know the Pura, and specially to know the concept of the "Nongkong" in teh 'Nongkhong Koiba' Tradition, the Puya presumed that every reader of this para of the Puya knows the fact that 'Life is extra-territorial origin", that is Life comes from outer space to the earth.

So, the 'Nongkhong' in the 'Nongtkhong Koiba' Tradition, is the spot, place, area on the surface of the earth where the universal God Father Salailel Sitapa put this first step on the Saila of Earth to plant life on the earth and is supposed philosophically to be the "Fampan Fangkhong" seat of the universal God Father on the earth by the ancient Meetei Race of Kangleipak.

This fact of connection, relation between the Nongthan, Ating-aa, Ipa Sorarel (space) and the Malem, Ima Leimalel Sitapi (the earth) to procreate lives endlessly on the earth is called by the ancient Meetei Race philosophically "Leitai Nongtai", in the art form "Leitai Nongtai Chakoi" so, 'NIngkhong' is the starting print on the earth, that is, 'Fampan Fangkhong' seat of the universal god father on the earth. Literally 'Nongkhong' means foot of the Nongthou, Ating-aa, Salailel Sitapa, Ipa Sorarel (the space).

To be continued....


* Wangkhemcha Chingtamlen (Kangleipak Historical and Cultural Research Centre) wrote this article for e-pao.net
The writer can be contacted at chingtamlen(at)gmail(dot)com
This article was posted on July 18, 2013.


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