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story_autari
This session is about the origin of Bal Kanya Devi (Dimahongma). The parents of the child had left her at home alone. She woke up and started to search her parents. Following their way she died when trying to cross a river. In this way she became a deity worshiped by the parents and later the whole community.
budha_puja_01
In this text, Puma shaman Mr Cakra Bahadur Rai is performing the ritual. Paruhang is respected as the supreme god.In this ritual, shamans demand the power with their superior god, Paruhang.
khaliphen_03
Khaliphenma is one of the ritual festivals of the Puma people which generally is done once in six years. Puma worship the ancestors and offer a pig (khali bhog) and wish prosperity and the success of life in future. There are different steps to be taken into consideration when performing this ritual ceremony: these are mentioned in this session. The required materials, and the different roles of househould members are mentioned in this session. The clan history is also spoken about in this session.
myth_sumni_03
In this session, the narrator tells the myth of Sumnima and her marriage with Paruhang. The interesting events that happened in their marriage process are described in detail.
pum_song_04
This song is about the feeling when leaving home.
pum_song_14
In this recording, the singer remembers her boyfriend who is far away. The boy had said many words and given many promises to his girlfriend before going overseas. The singer is remembering these words, and she is requesting him to come back fast.
children_03
In this session, the participants have talked in general. It is a natural conversation of children. Mother have asked some of the questions and children have given the response.
hopmacham_02
Hopmacham is one of the ritual song which is generally sang in the marriage ceremony of the Puma people. The speaker has said when to sing this kind of the hopmacham and so on.
children_04
In this session, the participants have talked about the general condition of their school life and also talked about parents and themselves.
pum_cult_01
The Culture of Puma is narratively described in this session. What people do in the ubhauli and Udhauli and how they they celebrate this cultural ceremony is described in this session.
pum_song_02
The song gives the message to the Puma community that they should preserve the cultural festivals. The ritual and cultural performers are highly respected in this song. The importance of Phagu and way of celebrating this Phagu festival is also mentioned in this song.
myth_tiger_01
In the ancient times, one of the women of Cabalokkha was killed by a tiger. The place where this incident happened can be seen till now. The village name is kept due this incident. The session narrates the story of this event in detail.
ritual_01
Khali puja is the offering of the pig to the ancestors. The shaman should speak in the Puma mundhum language, the clan names are also called out. The ways of performing these processes are described.
dimahongma_01
Bal Kanya Devi or Dimahongma is the supreme goddess for the Puma, and they believe in her strongly. Once upon a time, a young girl's parents left her at home in order to work across the river. The girl started to look for her parents and followed them. When the parents later returned home and their daughter was not there they searched for her. Eventually they found that she had drowned in the river when trying to cross it. The parents were very sad. Later they found that the girl had turned into a goddess and they worshipped her.
children_02
It is a kind of the natural conversation of the children. In this recording the children have talked about the daily happenings of the children.
myth_puma_01
The narrators have stated about the myth of Puma. From where,when and how the Puma people came in the beginning in the Puma areas i.e. at Pauwasera, Diplung, Devisthan and Mauwabote.
myth_marca_01
The story narrates how Sumnima sent food to a person who was working for her. As he forgets about it the food begins to ferment and turns it into mash. The myth explains the origin of beer fermentation, which is a key symbol of cultural production.
DA_dablung
The speaker describes the Khaliphenma ritual, a sacrificial offering, as practiced by the people of the Dabalung clan-group.
ngapong_01
In this recording the ritual ceremony named the sayadotma performed as part of the Phagu spring ritual in the month of Baisakh (April-May). The priest (ŋapoŋ) has to perform a rite in the morning for the fireplace in the house. The ritual is done in the name of the ancestors. This is the first part of the rite inside the house. The second part takes place outside.
caudandi_raja_01
The history of Caudandi kings and unique works did by them are mentioned here. In addition to this, it is also mentioned about the Puma culture and general description of Puma.