- January 30, 2019 at 3:48 am #13150TangkhulOnline AdminKeymaster
O!. Meiteilava sitmahui,
Wungram Kashangla leishiya,
Ali reklai ungsifaya,
Nashimphungli Maran thei sui,
Suikhareireilo ini Kuini ini khuinasa,
Thishunglo O! Nathanvala thishunglo!
During the protracted war between Burma and Manipur, many Meitei families fled to Ukhrul Hills and took shelter in Tangkhul villages to escape from the oppressions and atrocities in the hands of Burmese soldiers. Some families returned to the valley while others got themselves absorbed in Tangkhul society. This is a song addressed to a girl from the Valley expressing his feelings towards her. It is also written in the History of Manipur that some plainsmen begin driven out from the Valley by the Ningthoujas, fled to the Hills merged among the Kabuis and the Tangkhuls. This happened in the first century A.D.
According to Sir James Johnstone, the Political Agent of Manipur in 1880, the Burmese tried in vain to subdue the Tangkhuls also and in one case, a force of 700 men that they (Burmese) sent against Tangkhul was entirely annihilated. 1891 Census has identified at least 9 Headmen of Tangkhul Villages of Ukhrul District, bearing Meitei names such as Thawaijao, Sajaoba, etc.
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