Ancient Bishnupriya Manipuri Literature

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Rain Invoking Songs Madai Sarahal Songs Folk Stories Folk Rhymes and Proverbs The Tale of Khamba Thoibi

Ancient Literatures of Bishnupriya Manipuri

Ancient or Folk literatures of Bishnupriya Manipuri is represented by folk stories, folk-songs, folk-poems, rhymes and proverbs. Of them, a rain-invoking song called boron-dahanir Ela and a song relating to the conjugal life of Madai and Soralel known as Madai-Soralel Ela are most important. Researches had proved that the rain invoking song , in its nucleas, was composed in the middle of 16th century. Besides this, there are many rhymes which are recited by children in various kinds of sports and there are many csaddle songs. Proverbs occupy a remarkable position in Folk-Bishnupriya Manipuri literature.

Pani Ela or the songs of Pani, represents a primitive society where the relation of man and women are not clear. 

There are a number of songs related to agricultural activities, groups of women in the paddy field prefer to work singing the songs.

Three are also a number of Folk Rhymes used in children games. Rhymes of pacifying the children or to make them asleep are very popular too.

Proverbs are numerous and they exhibit the sense of metre , poetic ornaments, witticism etc. Hundreds of proverbs are stored by heart which represent the unique socio-cultural, political and historical background of the community.

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