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Moirang Kangleirol

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Khuman Khamba at the tiger hunt
Khuman Khamba and Moirang Thoibi performing the Khamba Thoibi Jagoi at the premise of the Ebudhou Thangjing Temple at the Lai Haraoba festival in Ancient Moirang.

The Moirang Kangleirol (Meitei: ꯃꯣꯢꯔꯥꯡ ꯀꯪꯂꯩꯔꯣꯜ), also spelt as Moilang Kangleilol, is a body of history, literature, folklore, mythology, legends and other accounts originally associated with the ancient kingdom of Kege Moirang (Old Manipuri: Keke Moilang).[1] In general sense, the terms Keke, Moirang and Ngangoi are used synonymously since ancient times to refer to the ancient kingdom.[2][3]

History[change | change source]

Keke Kangla was the capital city of the ancient Moirang kingdom. It's a place of political administration as well as religious practices. People of the kingdom used to perform annual sacred ceremonies in the city.[3][4] The Moirang Ningthourol (genealogy of the rulers of Moirang) was calculated with reference to many ancient manuscripts, including the Cheitharol Kumpapa.[3][5]

Mythology[change | change source]

The mythology associated with Moirang Kangleirol has diverse range of accounts. There are Phamlons of deities. The nine gods and the nine goddesses participated in the divine harvesting festival of Thangjing Loutaba. They are collectively called the Laibungthous and the Laibenthous respectively.[3]

Legends[change | change source]

The Moirang Shayon legends from the backbone of the Moirang Kangleirol. "Moirang Shayon" (lit. Moirang incarnations) is a genre of the seven incarnations of a God and a Goddess, induced under the direction of Lord Thangjing, in the ancient Moirang kingdom.[6] The list of the seven pairs of incarnations are:

Heroes Heroines
Akongjamba Phouoibi
Henjunaha Lairoulembi
Khuyol Haoba Yaithing Konu
Kadeng Thangjahanba Tonu Laijinglembi
Khubomba Pidonu
Wanglei Pungdingheiba Silheibi
Khuman Khamba Moirang Thoibi

References[change | change source]

  1. "History of Moirang Moirang and Ebuthou Thangjing Part 5".
  2. "Keke Moirang and Ngangoi Moirang and Ebuthou Thangjing Part 4".
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Phamlons of God Moirang and Ebuthou Thangjing Part 15".
  4. "Keke Kangla Moirang and Ebuthou Thangjing Part 3".
  5. "Moirang Ningthourol Moirang and Ebuthou Thangjing Part 6".
  6. "Salwons and Langwons Moirang and Ebuthou Thangjing Part 9".

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