Envoy (KANG-THUNG-PA in Tshangla kha)

The lost culture that prevailed during the time where there were no telephone and mobiles services in my village. Whenever the death of the member occurs in the family during the time of bygone days, one or two people have to be sent to inform their relatives. Suppose, if head of the family that is if father or mother dies, he or she might be having his or her father, mother, brothers and sisters at different parts of the world. Without failed, a person or two must be sent as an envoy (KANG-THUNG-PA) to reach the news to all the relatives who may take to walk three to four days.

 However, if the relatives were too far to reach then the news would go unnoticed and may come to discern few years later. If an envoy is not sent after the death of a person, then those relatives would filed up verbal case (heta yang mey) to the live family members and in return they have to do forgiveness for not being able to (Shakpa), which means lending up paying certain sum of case to the death’s relatives. This culture was indispensable during that time since the bond among the relatives would smash up providing no helping hand later on.

How to recognize whether he or she is an envoy, well while going as a messenger (KANG-THUNG-PA) one should take a kabney (male Bhutanese tie) inside KHANANG [pocket created while wearing gho (male Bhutanese dress)] with fringes outside it. If anyone comes across a people with such appearance then it is for sure that someone is died and that person is going as an envoy somewhere.

Although the advancement in technology has helped improved the lifestyle of the people but I think we have had lost remarkable stories behind. This time I took the advantage of my father-in-low to put pen to paper while he was narrating such legacy while we were having cup of ara (local wine) in our leisure time. Therefore I would like to thank him and like to hear from him more to share with all my blog visitors.

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