Meitei folktales or Manipuri folktales refer to the large collection of folk stories developed from the Meitei culture since Ancient Manipur (Antique Kangleipak). These are the lion's share in the large granary of the Meitei folklore. Folktales are called "funga wari" ("phunga wari"), literally meaning "stories of kitchen furnace or stove" in Manipuri (Meitei). In early times, in the Meitei households, children must have gathered around the kitchen fire, listening to the stories narrated by the elders. Generally, Meitei folktales were developed from the creativity of the old folks, especially the grandparents, who narrated the children the diverse sagas of varying genres.
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