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List of creatures in Meitei folklore

Kanglasha, a pair of dragons at Kangla

Meitei people, being the major ethnic group in the Himalayan state of Manipur, has diverse cultural contacts with diverse communities of other nations since ancient times. The case is the same with Meitei folklore. This is a list of the creatures of Ancient Meitei folklore. This doesn't include the list of deities in Sanamahism, for which see Lists of deities in Sanamahism.


Poubi Lai, an incarnation of Pakhangba

Evil creatures

  • Seroi Ngaroi: Believed to be the evils who feed on human flesh as well as animal meats.[2]
  • Tamnalai: Believed to be the ghosts and the souls who often haunt the human beings.[3][4]

Uchek Langmeidong

Uchek Langmeidong
ꯎꯆꯦꯛ ꯂꯥꯡꯃꯩꯗꯣꯡ
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Uchek Langmeidong, the mythical bird of Manipur
GroupingLegendary creatures
Sub groupingMythological hybrids
Similar creaturesPoubi Lai, Pakhangba, Kangla Sha, Keibu Keioiba
MythologyManipuri mythology
Other name(s)Chareng (ꯆꯔꯦꯡ)
HabitatForests, mountains, hills, etc.

The Uchek Langmeidong (Meitei: ꯎꯆꯦꯛ ꯂꯥꯡꯃꯩꯗꯣꯡ) or Chareng (Meitei: ꯆꯔꯦꯡ), literary meaning "hornbill", is a mythical creature in Manipuri mythology. It appears in the form of a hornbill bird, who was originally a human girl.[5]

The creature was originally a little girl, who unable to bear the constant torture of her stepmother in the absence of her father, sought feathers from her hornbill friends, and turned herself into a bird by wearing the woven feathers.[6][7]


  1. ^ Bhanj, Jaideep Deo (July 22, 2015). "The story of a giant python called Poubi Lai..." – via
  2. ^ Singh, Dr Moirangthem Jiban. "Lamtai Thangja in Manipur – KanglaOnline".
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2019-10-19. Retrieved 2019-10-19.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "Folk Stories of Meiteis of Manipur"
  6. ^ "Manipuri Folktales"
  7. ^ "It's all in the mind: Langmeidong"

See also