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Netherworld.jpg The Khamnung Leipaak or Leinung is the netherworld or the land under the surface of the human world in Meitei mythology and religion. It is the kingdom ruled by Thongalel, the god of death. It is the place where the souls of the dead people used to go. According to ancient Meitei scriptures, the Khamnung kingdom is described as a generally dark and cool place, whose capital city is the "Khamnung Sawa", which remains isolated from the rest of the areas, as the "Ashi Turel" ("Ashi Tulel") (Styx river) flows encircling the charmed city of Thongalel. Unless permitted by Thongalel, no souls can enter the "Khamnung Sawa". According to His Will, souls of those who died from suicide are strictly prohibited from entry as a mark of punishment.

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Meitei mythology & folklore

Mythic Texts and Folktales:
Numit Kappa | Moirang Kangleirol | Moirang Shayon | Khamba Thoibi | Sandrembi Chaisra
Fungawari Singbul | Funga Wari
Maikei Ngaakpa Lais | Leimalel | Sanamahi
Emoinu | Panthoipi
Legendary Creatures:
Dragons | Helloi | Hingchabi | Keibu Keioiba | Khoirentak tiger | Samadon Ayangba | Uchek Langmeidong
Mythical and Sacred Places:
Lai Lamlen | Khamnung | Kangla | Mt. Koupalu | Nongmaiching Hills | Thangching Hills