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Puya Reading Session At UK

LONDON, Feb 11: In continuation of the Puya Readers Club’s (PRC) activity of organizing discussion session across the United Kingdom, of the rare Puya manuscripts, members and Puya enthusiast recently came together in London, at the residence of Naoroibam Nilmoni.

According to a statement issued jointly by Laishram Tiken and Elangbam Bishworjit, on behalf of PRC, the session started with a brief introduction of the Puyas – ‘Chainalol’ which deals with ancient code of conduct to be followed during acts of combat (Chainaba) and ‘Loiyumba Shinyen’ which was formally written during the reign of Meidingu Loiyumba, 1110 AD and deals with the distribution of profession to the various clans and sub-clans of the then Meetei society.

The main focus of the discussion, however, was on one of the rarest ‘Puya’ – Wakoklol Hilel Thilel Salai Ama-i-lol Pukok, which was copied by Angom Chaopa during the reign of Ningthemcha Pamheipa. It is believed that Angom Chaoba copied the puya from the original version so as to save the words of the very important Puya from the  infamous ‘Puya Meithaba’ (Puya Burning) incident executed by the then King, Ningthemcha Pamheiba.

A detailed analysis and various interpretation of the name of the Puya were discussed and the attending puya enthusiasts shared the titled of the said Puya could be interpreted as Wakoklol (wa – concept/word, kok – kokpa i.e. head/ process of creation, lol – language), Hilel (Khwaidage henba /held in the highest esteem), Thilel (Thijinba, thiba + Lel, kwaidage henba, highest form of analysis or research), Salai (Sa (body), Lai – God), Ama-i-lol ( word of the one) and Pukok ( pumnamakpu kokpiriba i.e., the creator or the one who brings forth of everything).

As a mark of gratitude, the club presented a digital scan copy of the Puya and a dissertation essay on the Meetei script written by Sohini Ray, a consultant Anthropologist and alumni of the Harvard and Cambridge university, presently a lecturer at the Santa Monica college, California,   to each of the families of Naoroibam Nilmoni, eminent UK based cardiologist and Okram Bishwajit, an Ireland based lawyer who have travelled all the way from Dublin to London for the discussion session.

The readers and participants of the evening agreed the need of encouraging people in reading and researching of the Puyas and create a general awareness among the public of Manipur in particular and across the Globe in general.

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)

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