S03E37 FindingTheVoices with Mr. Oinam Khelchandra Singh, Understanding the Rituals for the dead in Manipur.

FindingTheVoices with Mr. Oinam Khelchandra Singh, Understanding the Rituals for the dead in Manipur.
Guest Speaker : Mr. Oinam Khelchandra Singh, Arangbham Purel, from Sagolband Sayang Leikai
Language: Interview in Meiteilon
Location: Imphal, Manipur, India

For those who are left behind, a funeral provides a place for family and friends to gather for support and to reminisce, an opportunity to celebrate the life and accomplishments of a loved one, a chance to say goodbye, and the focal point from which the healing process can begin. The funeral identifies that a person’s life has been lived, not that a death has occurred. It is also important to notify the community that this person is no more.
There are thousands of different culture and communities in India, and they practice different customs and rituals for a funeral.
This episode is a documentation of the meitei-meetei (or meitei-hindu) funeral rites and ceremonies. We have Mr. Oinam Khelchandra Singh, Arangbham Purel, from Sagolband Sayang Leikai helping us out in this episode as we try and cover all the customs and their significances.
Mr. Khelchandra Singh learnt everything about the rituals from the elders and performers and has been practicing for 30 years now.
We talk about the rituals to be followed when a person passes away, about lamboiba, and he describes the traditional customs step by step in detail. We discuss why clothes are burnt after a funeral, the purpose of lighting a candle or a small lamp at the place of cremation and other such topics. He also tells us the purpose of various rituals and about the symbolic meaning of the attire people wear during the 14 day period of the ceremony.


About FindingTheVoices:Monica Ingudam, Founder of FindingTheVoices

Born and raised in the violence-torn landscape of Manipur, I have a vision to promote and spread inspiring, empowering, educative & entertaining stories. I believe that we can create contents bringing the positive side of Manipur. I believe we can do this together by finding the voices, voices which needs to be heard and shared, voices of our own people, people of Manipur and well-wishers of Manipur. I believe that these voices will bring a change and connect all of us.

I welcome you to join me in my journey to finding the voices at Http://FindingTheVoices.com/

 

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S03E36 FindingTheVoices with Madam Saroj Nalini Ingudam talking about the art of invitation using Banana leaves in Manipur. (Part 2)

FindingTheVoices with Madam Saroj Nalini Ingudam talking about the art of invitation using Banana leaves in Manipur (Part 2)
Guest Speaker : Madam Saroj Nalini Ingudam, Retired Lecturer, Thmabal Marik College, Oinam, Manipur .
Language: Interview in Meitei-lon/Manipuri
Location: Imphal, Manipur

Madam Saroj Nalini Ingudam presented a paper on the use of banana leaves in 1987-88 during her M. Phil course as she felt that the traditional custom of using banana leaves were slowly fading in Manipur. Her paper was made possible with the help of a few learned scholars and practitioners of the art form and was very well received at Manipur University. In this second episode, Madam Saroj describes how banana leaves are used along with betel leaf, coconut, ginger and flowers as a form of invitation for traditional ceremonies in Manipur. The different arrangements of the invitations for different persons are show with the help of pictures in this episode. Just by looking at the form of arrangement, one would be able to tell whether the invitation was for the King, Queen or other members of the royal family. Different structural arrangements are also available for Arangbham, Brahmins and the common people.

Madam Saroj also talks about the form of society during the reign of monarchs. She says that the justice system in those days was very different from the one that we have today, which is very slow in delivering judgments. She feels that there has been a rise in crime in the present society because of the slow pace of the justice system.


About FindingTheVoices:Monica Ingudam, Founder of FindingTheVoices

Born and raised in the violence-torn landscape of Manipur, I have a vision to promote and spread inspiring, empowering, educative & entertaining stories. I believe that we can create contents bringing the positive side of Manipur. I believe we can do this together by finding the voices, voices which needs to be heard and shared, voices of our own people, people of Manipur and well-wishers of Manipur. I believe that these voices will bring a change and connect all of us.

I welcome you to join me in my journey to finding the voices at Http://FindingTheVoices.com/

 

S03E35 FindingTheVoices with Madam Saroj Nalini Ingudam talking about the art form of Banana leaves in Manipur. (Part 1)

FindingTheVoices with Madam Saroj Nalini Ingudam talking about the art form of Banana leaves in Manipur (Part 1)
Guest Speaker : Madam Saroj Nalini Ingudam, Retired Lecturer, Thmabal Marik College, Oinam, Manipur .
Language: Interview in Meitei-lon/Manipuri
Location: Imphal, Manipur

Banana leaves are used in a number of occasions in various regions of India. In Manipur, these leaves are used during religious rituals as well as a form of invitation for certain traditional customs. This episode is dedicated to the significance of banana leaves in Manipur, a documentation of the art form that has been practiced since the time of Kings and Queens. Madam Saroj Nalini Ingudam presents very thorough information on this practice with the help of her M. Phil paper from 1987-88. Banana leaves are used in every major ritual in a person’s life; starting from birth ceremonies (Swasti Puja, Yupan Thaba), “Na Hutpa”, marriage ceremonies, and also during funeral rituals. There have been a few changes in the way the leaves are used during rituals, for example, the “Tang Yatpa” came into practice only after the arrival of Hindu religion in Manipur. However, the same old practices are still followed without any change in traditional Meitei festivals like “Lai Haraoba”.

Madam Saroj also talks about the different variety of banana leaves and their purposes; Leihou La, Leiyai La, Changbi La, Noney La to mention a few. The most commonly used is the Noney La, which is suitable for use in feasts because of its odorless quality. Madam Saroj also describes a little about how these leaves were so commonly used as invitations before the printed version of invitations came out. A description of how banana leaves are used as invitation for Shri Govindaji is shown towards the end of this episode.


About FindingTheVoices:Monica Ingudam, Founder of FindingTheVoices

Born and raised in the violence-torn landscape of Manipur, I have a vision to promote and spread inspiring, empowering, educative & entertaining stories. I believe that we can create contents bringing the positive side of Manipur. I believe we can do this together by finding the voices, voices which needs to be heard and shared, voices of our own people, people of Manipur and well-wishers of Manipur. I believe that these voices will bring a change and connect all of us.

I welcome you to join me in my journey to finding the voices at Http://FindingTheVoices.com/