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U Diengbah Ïam Briew (Excerpt from "Ka Jingphylla Ka Ri" by Sumar Sing Sawian)

Updated: Jun 16, 2023

Ha ka shnong Nongkynrih ha Hima Khyrim, u ïeng uwei u dieng bah dieng san uba la rim bha. Haduh kine ki sngi ba mynta une u dieng uba la tip kum u dieng "Sping Wait", ju mih ka sur bad ka jingsawa kumba ïam briew, lada don kano kano ka jingïap briew tymmen lane kano kano ka jingïap mynsaw jong ki nongshong shnong. Ïa kane ka jingsawa ïam briew kaba mih na ka jngkhynñiuh jong ki sla jong une u dieng, ju ïohsngew da baroh kawei ka shnong.

Ki ong ba ym ju bit ban pynthut ïa une u dieng ne pynmong ïa u. Ka la don ka sien, ba uwei u briew uba la sngew nang sngew stad, u la ong ba kane ka long tang ka jingngeit bieit. Kumta u la rah da ka wait bnoh bad khet ïa uwei na ki jyrmi kiba kyllaiñ ïa une u dieng. Hadien kane, la ïathuh ba uta u briew um shym la lait shuh ban leit pynjhieh, wat la u sam tyngeh. Kane ka la pynpisa bad pynlynga ïa uta u briew haduh katta katta, haduh ba um lah shah shuh, bad um banse ban leit pan map, na uta u dieng, bad u sa lait na kata ka sohsat kaba shyrkhei.

In the village of Nongkynrih in Hima Khyrim, there stands a massive tree known as a "Sping Wait" tree, whose age is said to be very old. To this day, the voice and the sound of a weeping human being can be heard from it. This can be heard when there is the death of an elderly person or if there is a death caused by injury, with these persons being residents of the village. The weeping sound produced by the trembling leaves of the tree can be heard throughout the village.

They say that the tree should not be disturbed nor hurt. There was once man who felt he had enough knowledge and know-how, so he declared the belief about the tree to be superstition. He took a "wait bnoh" which is a large bladed knife with a crooked head with the aim of cutting off one of the creeping plants that spread and grew on the tree. After this happened, it was told that this man could not urinate even when he desperately needed to. The man suffered horribly, that ultimately, he was forced to go to the tree and apologise to it so that he would be free of the affliction.

"U Diengbah Ïam Briew" or "The Weeping Tree" feels like a cautionary tale of what can happen if we feel more powerful than nature. 🌲🌳
The picture is of U Diengbah Ïam Briew located in Nongkynrih, Hima Khyrim. Khublei Shibun @bashngainrynjah for sending the picture!
🟡 English translation by @speakyourroots


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