When the Stone Crumbles

Desmond L Kharmawphlang


An emotional article where Kharmawphlang remembers U.Dorbar Nongkoum-a storyteller and healer of the Nongkoum clan in the Khasi hills of Meghalaya. The author himself has spent more than 12 years on these very hills. He describes the tribal belief in the ka met or body, the kamynsiem or soul, and the ka rngiew or spirit. Tribals believe that Khpa phulis have divine powers and can transform into tigers and roam the jungle. It is tragic that authorities are considering converting a cave that houses the pdah kyndeng deity to a tourist spot. It will spell certain death to an age-old legend and myth.

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