Sanamahi creation myth
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The Sanamahi creation myth is the traditional creation myth of Sanamahism, a religion of the Meitei, Chothe, Komhreng, Kabui, Anāl, and, before their conversion to Christianity, Tangkhul people in Manipur, India.
Seven days of CreationEdit
After the creation of the Universe in which milky ways, stars, planets etc. are seen in it today, the Universal God Father, or Tingpalpa Mapu or Eepung Loinapa Apakpa (꯱') as the Kanglei Meetei call, began to think the creation of man, after creation of all living beings of the lower strata.
Langmaiching, the first dayEdit
The first day of the seven days week, the ancient Kanglei peoples called Langmaiching (Not Nongmaiching written since the days of Pamheiba Garivaniwaz in the 18th century A.D. The word/ concept Langmaiching was changed to Nongmaijing, a meaningless word to destroy the creation theory of the Meetei Race of Kangleipak). Langmaiching = Lang + mai + ching, ‘Lang’ here means a thing like a net catching, attracting things, ‘mai’ means human face, the front part of the Human Head, and ‘ching’ means ‘chingsinpa’ attracting. Therefore, Langmaiching means a point in vast Universe where the Universal God Father, attracting all elements composing the Human Body, started creating a man. This point of starting creation of man is the centre of the Human forehead, the ancient Kanglei Meetei call ‘Laipak’ means ‘God is clinging , God sticks permanently’. After the Universal God Father started the Human creation at the Laipak (forehead) of the Human body, he completely created the Human head, consisting the Head, the Hair, Forehead (Laipak) etc. of the Human Body. This is the first day of the week, Langmaiching (Sunday) of the Meetei Race of Kangleipak. Since the time of fully creating the Human head, the Universal God Father, the Tingpalpa Mapu or Eepung Loinapa Apakpa of the Meetei Race of Kangleipak stays at the Human forehead (Laipak) up to the death of the Human Being. This is why, the Kanglei Meetei Race call the Human body is a Laishang (temple) since the days of deep B.C.
Ningthoukapa, the second dayEdit
Ningthoukapa = Ning + thou + kapa, ‘Ning’ here means Ningpa, Khanpa of the Kanglei dialect, in English mind, thinking, ‘thou’ here means thoupa in Kanglei dialect and in = English driving. Therefore, the Kanglei Meetei word/concept ‘Ningthou’ , King in English, means the God, the Universal GodFather. ‘kapa’ here means ascends, comes-up, in English. Therefore, the second day of the Kanglei peoples’ week, Ningthoukapa means the Universal God Father, who is the real Driver of Human mind, Human action, comes up (ascends) to the forehead (Laipak) of the Human body to stay there up to the death of the man.
Leipakpokpa, the third dayEdit
Leipakpokpa = Leipak + pokpa ‘Leipak’ actually means the Earth, but here means the Human body, ‘pokpa’ here means pokpa in the sense of Angang Pokpa, in English ‘giving birth’ as in the sense of child birth. The Kanglei Puya, the scripture of the Meetei Race calls the Human body as ‘Living Earth’. From this 3rd day of Kanglei peoples’ week, Leipakpokpa the Universal God Father who is residing in the Laipak (Forehead of the Human Body) begins to create the main human body part below the Head, from neck to other lower parts containing Heart, lungs, liver, kidney etc. This is the Third day of the Kanglei week, Leipakpokpa.
Yumsakeisa/Imsakeisa, the fourth dayEdit
Imsakeisa = Im + sa + keisa, here ‘Im’ means present word yum, meaning dwelling house, in English; ‘sa’ means sapa, meaning to build, to construct in English; ‘Keisa’ here means to build, to construct a Barn for storage of energy, elements composing of a human body to compensate the loss of these things in any eventuality of the Human Body. Why the 4th day of the week, Imsakeisa is so named? In the forehead (Laipak), the Universal God Father, Tingpalpla Mapu or Eepung Loinapa Apakpa, the first cause of the Universe resides, whereas in the Human body in the Heart, the Taipang Palpa Mapu (Lord of the Earthly life, Jiba Atma of the Hindus) resides. In the forehead (Laipak), the Universal God Father in the symbol # (ONE), and in the Heart, the Universal God Father in the symbol W resides in the Human body. The human body as created by the God has certain things like Blood, Amino Acid etc. etc. So, the question of constructing a Barn arises in the Imsakeisa, the 4th day of the week.
Sakonsen, the fifth dayEdit
Sakonsen = Sa + kon + sen, ‘sa’ here means the animal body, here in the particular circumstances, the Human body; ‘kon’ means in Kanglei dialect ‘Konba’, Konbiba and in English to keep under care and protection; ‘sen’ means sennaba in Kanglei dialect and to keep under vigil of the Human body. On the 5th day of the week, Sakonsen the Universal God Father enters in the Heart of the Human Body to protect and to take care of the Human Body up to Death as Taipangpalpa Mapu (Lord of the Earthly life).
Eelai, the sixth dayEdit
Eelai = Ee + Lai, ‘Ee’ here means blood, Human blood; ‘Lai’ here means God, the Universal God Father. The Human blood is the Universal God Father, the Eepung Loinapa Himself When the Universal God Father comes to the Earth to create living beings for the first time, He comes in the symbol #(ONE), the dot ([) on the symbol # is called ‘Eelik’ means a drop of blood from His body, this Eelik ([), blood drop is the blood of every living beings on the Earth. This blood of the Universal God Father is put to the heart and to all parts of the human body, on Eelai (Friday).
Thangcha, the seventh dayEdit
Thangcha = Thang + cha, the ‘Thang’ here means in Kanglei Dialect Thangtharakpa, Pitharakpa, further means in English to send down, to drop down, etc.; the ‘cha’ here means Chata Nouta (the descendants), macha (the sons and daughters) of the Universal God Father. On this seventh day of the week of the Kangleicha Meetei Race, the Thangcha, the Universal God Father has completed the creation of a man and ready to send down on the Earth for further spread on the surface of the Earth.
Corresponding to those seven days of the week of the Kanglei peoples, there is a constellation of seven stars in the sky, as described by the Puya, Wakoklon Heelel Thilel Salai Ama-ilon Pukok which was written about 3500 years BP by the Kanglei Ancestors in Kangleipak: "8 ti Eenunglonna Thouwaimichak Apakpa Oipana Pu Ama Koukhale | Khununglonna Thouwaimichak pee malik sitapa Cheion Talet Haina Haikhale ||" Rough English translation of the above quotation: "The 8th , the group of stars forming a constellation (in the space), is known as Thouwaimichak Cheion Talet (Seven Stars which can became Human beings on the Earth." In the above quotation, ‘Pu Ama’ , here ‘Pu’ means Grand Father, the oldest male person in a family is called ‘Pu’ , ‘Ama’ means one. Therefore, the seven stars group is a constellation, the group of the seven stars is known as "Thouwaimichak Cheion Talet" here Thouwaimichak (star in English) = Thou + wai + mi + chak, here ‘thou’ means to drive, ‘wai’ here means interaction between elements, ‘mi’ here means the God in the Human beings on the Laipak(forehead), and ‘chak’ here means Machak (elements forming the Human body). The concept of a ‘Thouwaimichak’ star is so complex in Kanglei Dialect. In the formation of a ‘Thouwaimichak’(a star), there are five elements Fire, Water, Air, Leipak (soil), Space. These five elements along with the ‘mi’ the God elements in the Human body. The five elements in the Human body is driven by the ‘mi’ to form a human body with mind and consciousness. This is the soul theory of the Meetei Race of Kangleipak. Soul consists of six elements according to the ancient Kangleipak, that is, Fire, Water, Air, Leipak (soil), Space and ‘mi’. The Meetei Race of Kangleipak has seven days of the week, since about 20,000 years B.P. as evidence by the Puya, the scripture of the Kanglei Meetei Peoples and Kangla Excavation 2009. The last day of the week is Thangcha’ On ‘Thangcha, the last day of the week, creation of Life ( a prototype of all living Beings) its completed and the God Father sent down to the Earth for further spread on the earth. The day of the week, the last day of the week, Thangcha is the day on which life was sent down by the Universal God Father to the Earth. The first Thangcha of the ‘Lamta Month’ the third month of the year is the first day on which the Life (from the Universal God Father) came to colonize the Malem (the Mother Earth) for the first time in the Life History of the Earth. ‘Cheion’ Cheion = Cha + i + on = here ‘cha’ means Descendants, ‘i’ means blood, ‘on’ means onba further means change into, ‘Talet’ means seven. Therefore, the seven stars forming the constellation (Pu Ama) consists of Everything, Every elements in them to become living beings (here Human beings). The human creation theory of the Meetei Race of Kangleipak is a theory of Extraterrestrial Origin of Life also. These seven days of the week of the Meetei Race of Kangleipak give birth of the 19 Kanglei Eeyeks including the cheising Eeyek Ama in the symbol # also. These seven days of the week are part and parcel of the Universal God Father, Ting Palpa Mapu Eepung Loinapa Apakpa, the Ancient Kanglei Forefathers said "The Kanglei Alphabets is the Universal God Father and Kanglei Meetei Language is the mother."
Koubru, the first place for human habitationEdit
After Godfather Eepung Loinapa Apakpa created humans under his guidance and makes people's settlement to the place where God's living place in Earth where there was many fruits, eatable can be found for living.
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