Khuman Khamba

A legendary hero of Ancient Moirang kingdom in Meitei Manipuri folklore

Khuman Khamba (Old Manipuri: Khuman Khampa) or Moirang Khamba (Old Manipuri: Moilang Khampa) is one of the principal figures in the ancient Moirang Kangleirol legends.[1][2][3][4] He is an orphan prince of the Khuman dynasty,[5] brought up by his sister, Khamnu as a poor man.[6] Later, he was married to his lady love Thoibi, the princess of the Moirang dynasty.[7][8][9][10][11][12]

Khuman Khamba
Khamba and Thoibi (The Capture of the Wild Bull).jpg
Khuman Khamba capturing the wild feral bull
Information
AliasesMoirang Khamba
GenderMale
OccupationLeiloi Hanchapa (Leiroi Hanjaba) (Floriculture department minister)
AffiliationKhamba Thoibi, Moirang Saiyon, Moirang Kangleirol, Meitei mythology
TitleAmudon Nongyai
FamilyKhuman Royal Family[13]
Spouse(s)Moirang Thoibi[14]
RelativesKhamnu
ReligionMeitei religion (Sanamahism)
OriginKhuman kingdom
HomeAncient Moirang[15]

The term "Khamba" means ultimate or fullness.[16]

AdventuresEdit

Khuman Khamba is best known for being the paragon of masculinity and far ranging adventures, like Hercules (Heracles) of Greek mythology.

Here's a listing of the adventure legends, performed successfully by the hero:

  1. Lifting up the stone slab in the Kabui village (Nung Thaang-gatpa)
  2. Herding the prince's ox (San Senba)
  3. Wrestling with Nongban (Mukna Saanaba)
  4. Finding the orchid flowers (Lei Hekpa)
  5. Overcoming the unfair race (Pana Lamchel)
  6. Capturing the wild feral bull (Kao Phaba)
  7. Hunting at the Torbung region (Torbung Sadaanba)
  8. Killing the Khoirentak tiger (Kei Phaba)

Tiger at KhoirentakEdit

  The man eater tiger charged attacks to the villagers of the Khoirentak in Ancient Moirang. Finally, Khuman Khamba and Nongban were ordered by the Moirang king, to catch the beast.[17] In the first encounter, Nongban was killed by the tiger and at the final meet, Khuman Khamba successfully captured and killed it.[18][19] Finally, when he brought it to the capital city of Ancient Moirang, princess Thoibi was given to him, hand in marriage. Thus, the two lovers get united.[20]

In popular cultureEdit

  • The well celebrated folk dance, "Khamba Thoibi Jagoi", was first performed by Khamba and his lady love Thoibi in the premise of the Thangjing temple. It's now a popular form of folk dance in Manipur.[21][22][23][24]
  • In 2010, the Laihui Ensemble produced an opera, "Kao, The Sacred Bull", based on the legend of capturing the feral bull by Khuman Khamba.[25][26]
  • In 2019, a canvas painting named "Khambana kao phaba" (Lit. Khamba capturing the bull), was exhibited in Bhopal.[27][28][29][30]
  • In 2020, the legend of Khuman Khamba capturing the bull, was displayed in its theatrical form, as "Kao Faba", in the Iboyaima Shummang Leela Shanglen, Palace Compound, Imphal.[31][32][33]

Related pagesEdit

ReferencesEdit

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