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Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Manipur Tribals Call for Worship of Universal God, Oppose Christian Conversions

December 29, 2004, 7:09 am

Source: The Sangai Express
Imphal, December 27

The Tingkao Ragwang Kalun Kai, the house of worship of Tingkao Ragwang situated at Khoupum Valley Bazar, Nungba subdivisions of Tamenglong district has been dedicated to Tingkao Ragwang, the Universal God during a function on December 22.

The impressive Kalun Kai was constructed by Tingkao Ragwang Chap-Riak (TRC), Khoupum Area at an estimated cost of Rs 3,50,000.

The design and structure of the sacred temple is based on Taraang Kai, the traditional and ornamental house of the Zeliangrong people.

Speaking as chief guest at the occasion, president of Heraka Association (Nagaland, Manipur and Assam) NC Zeliang stated construction of a temple dedicated to the Universal God in the far hilly area would help in propagation of the traditional faith of the Zeliangrong people.

Besides it would provide a common platform where the devotees could gather and discuss theology and the philosophy of their aged-old religion, worship the supreme God, sing devotional songs and chant the invoking hymns, etc.

Cautioning the Zeliangrong people, particularly the followers of TRC against the temptation of adopting another religion, he said it would mean lost of culture and identity of Zeliangrong people.

Bikram Bahadur Jamatia, president of North East India Indigenous Faith and Culture Protection Forum, who attended the function as guest of honour observed that poor and illiterate tribals are being lured by missionaries to convert to Christianity with promise of monetary gain.

In his presidential address, Abui Kamei, vice president of Zeliangrong Religious Council (Assam, Manipur and Nagaland), called upon the dedicated workers to spread the message of TRC far and wide and make the people understand the propaganda of the missionaries.

Besides presentation of cultural dances by TRC youth of Kakhulong, Chinikon and Thanagong, rites and ritual ceremony, meditation, singing of devotional songs and folk songs, beating of traditional drum, etc were also performed at the temple dedication ceremony.

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