Panthoibi Khongul

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Panthoibi Khongul (Meitei: ꯄꯥꯟꯊꯣꯢꯕꯤ ꯈꯣꯡꯒꯨꯜ)(literally, "in quest of Panthoibi"[1] or "Panthoibi's footprint"[2]), also spelt as Panthoipi Khongkul, is an ancient Meitei literary work (puya), narrating about the quest of goddess Panthoibi. The text highlights the love saga of Panthoibi and her ultimate lover Nongpok Ningthou,[3][4] after leaving her husband's house. Many scholars believe the work to be written during the 12th century AD.[5][1][2][3]

The text also talks about how the festival Lai Haraoba was begun after the union of the two lovers.[4]

Editions[change | change source]

  • In 1963, the scripture "Panthoibi Khongkul" was published by M. Chandra Singh.[6][7]
  • In 1968, the scripture was again published by N. Ibobi Singh.[7]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Society and Economy in North-East India. Regency Publications. 2004. ISBN 978-81-87498-83-4.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Zama, Margaret Ch (2013). Emerging Literatures from Northeast India: The Dynamics of Culture, Society and Identity. SAGE Publishing India. p. 79. ISBN 978-81-321-1746-9.
  3. 3.0 3.1 North East India History Association. Session (2003). Proceedings of North East India History Association. The Association.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Dr. Yumlembam Gopi Devi. Glimpses of Manipuri Culture. Lulu.com. p. 119. ISBN 978-0-359-72919-7.
  5. Ray, Asok Kumar; Chakraborty, Satyabrata (2008). Society, Politics, and Development in North East India: Essays in Memory of Dr. Basudeb Datta Ray. Concept Publishing Company. p. 88. ISBN 978-81-8069-572-8.
  6. Society and Economy in North-East India. Regency Publications. 2004. p. 176. ISBN 978-81-87498-83-4.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Gangte, Priyadarshni M. (2008). Customary Laws of Meitei and Mizo Societies of Manipur. Akansha Publishing House. ISBN 978-81-8370-130-3.