Creation and Origin Myths and Legends of the Rongmei (Kabui)


  • Luthonliu Gangmei Manipur University, Imphal.
  • Laimayum Bishwanath Sharma Manipur University, Imphal.


Rongmei, Myth, Legend, Tingkao Raguang


Many societies and cultures have their own myths and legends of origin or creation which explain how the world came to be and that they considered them to be true accounts of their distant past. Likewise, Rongmei tribe is also rich in myths, legends, folktales, folksongs, etc. which were orally passes down through generations to generations. There are no forms of any written literatures and therefore the Rongmei tribes, like most of the other tribes, depends on the orally passed down stories or myths to give account for their ancient past. The paper is an attempt to explore some of the cosmogony, etiological and historical myths and legends of the origin and creation of the Rongmeis. The sources of this paper are based on both primary and secondary sources available and also from interviewing with some elders of Rongmei villages.

Author Biographies

Luthonliu Gangmei, Manipur University, Imphal.

Manipur University, Imphal, Manipur, India.

Laimayum Bishwanath Sharma, Manipur University, Imphal.

Department of Philosophy, Manipur University, Imphal, Manipur, India.


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