Mawngap hosts Ka Lympung with religious fervor, gaiety

SHILLONG: The three-day annual congregation of the Seng Khasi Sein Raij also known as Ka Lympung held in Mawngap village concluded here on Sunday

About a lakh of  people belonging to the Hynniewtrep Hynniew Skum , the Seven Huts, the Seven Nests ethnic race took part in congregation held with religious fervor and gaiety.

It may be mentioned that the three-day programme was organised by Seng Khihlang, an organisation which was formed by Seng Khasi and Sein Raij to strive hard for the preservation of religious heritage, rites, rituals, customs and usage of the Hynniewtrep Hynniew Skum community.

It was marked by the erection of monoliths, folktale narrations, community prayer, dances, quiz and debate.

Ka Lympung also fondly remembered all those elders including Ma Lakhon Shullai, the then President of Sein Raij, Shillong, Ma Tokin Rymbai, the then President of Seng Khasi, U Hipshon Roy Kharshiing, the then General Secretary of  Seng Khasi Seng Kmie who were instrumental for the formation of  Seng Khih Lang meaning “Striving Together” on the 9th of March, 1981.

The first ever Lympung was held at Nongkrem in the Khasi State of Hima Khyrim on the 17th of April, 1988 and from then on, there was no turning back for the organisation in the protection, preservation, inculcating patriotism and propagation of values of the Khasi community.

Large number of organisations belonging to indigenous faith from the North Eastern  Region attended the three-day programme  as their participation ignited the spirit of  brotherhood and solidarity among the different ethnic groups of the region.

The speakers in this function were Bai Taba, the General Secretary of Indigenous Faith & Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh, Thumbui Zeliang, the General Secretary of Heraka Zeliangrong Nagaland, Dr. Lamolu Haime of Manipur, Balaram Pangcho of Karbi Anglong Indigenous People Organization and others.

On the first day, the Lympung started with the erection of the monoliths which were brought from Sabah Muswang in West Jaintia Hills. The monoliths were gifted to Seng Khasi Mawngap signifying not only the good gesture, but the perpetual bond of friendship that has been created between the two villages and their people. The history of this mega monolith erection will be orally handed down from one generation to the next.

On the second day, lots of activities for the youth were conducted. The day began with prayers for the well being of the family, clan, community and also the country as a whole. It was followed by quiz, debate and extempore speeches. Prizes were distributed to the winners on the same day. When the evening came, the elders narrated folklores to the participants followed by an interactive session.

On the third and the final day, about a lakh  of people from all walks of lives thronged the venue, most of the men folk  wore the turban (spong) in their heads and wrapped along the Khasi shawls (ryndia) in their shoulders. The women in their best traditional attire wore the dhara and ryndia thoh-rwiaw  (silk dress)  and paila (coral and gold necklace) in their neck. The programme started with prayer by the elder of the Seng Khasi Mawngap, followed the by hoisting of flag by Bah Kerios Wahlang, a renowned musician.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Wanbha Lyngdoh who represents the Sein Raij Mukhla dwelt at length on the relation between religion and environment.

Smik Kurbah, the Vice President of the Seng Bah Ki Nongshat Nongkhien spoke about the race and religion.

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