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Ki Thylliej Ding (Flames) from "Ka Ding Bad ki Deiriti U Hynñiewtrep Ha Ka Meirisawkun"

Ki Thylliej Ding

Haba ka ding ka meh bad pyning ïa ki tyllaw ka pynmih ïa ka jingkhaleh kaba ki ong ki thylliej ding. Kine ki thylliej ding ki don lai rukom ki rukom khaleh ba la tip kum ka pyning, ka lap lap bad ka jliah.

Ka Pyning: Kane ka long u thylliej ding ba pyning ïa ki tyllaw. Ka dei ka bording banyngkong ba pyning ïa ki tyllaw.

Ka Laplap: Kane ka long ka bynta ba ar jong ki thylliej ding kaba ai lad ïa ka pyning ban ïaineh ding ha ki tyllaw.

Ka Jliah: Ka long ka bynta ba ha khlieh duh jong ka ding kaba shuiñ ïa ka lyer na trai khiew ba shet jingshet bad ka long ka bynta kaba lah ban pur ding sha kiwei ki tyllaw.

Types of Flames

When a fire alights and touches a firebrand, it grows in degree and produces what we call flames. Flames have three ways in which they function and intensify. These are Ka Pyning, Ka Laplap and Ka Jliah.

Ka Pyning is the first flame that burns a firebrand.

Ka Laplap is the second part of a flame which allows Ka Pyning to sustain the fire in the wood.

Ka Jliah is the topmost part of a flame which touches the air, which strikes the bottom of the pot while cooking. Ka Jliah is also the part of the flame that will spread the fire to other pieces of wood.

Have you ever stared into a fire? How it is made up of so many flames...the element which gave many civilisations the thrust to empower themselves 🔥🔥🔥
Dr. Dondor Giri Nongkhlaw is a Geomorphologist who has written several books in Khasi which discuss the elements of the environment and their strong bond with Khasi life and culture.
🟡 English translation by @speakyourroots


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