Traditional skills

As told to Meenaxi Barkotoki on 19.11.2009 by Laoko Langching in Jengpathar village Sending messages: Using knots and strings: the number and manner in which the knots are made contains the message. If the string (made of bamboo sheaves) is tied very tightly and in several knots, then it means he has to come back very fast. Sometimes tea-leaves or sadha (tobacco) can be sent to say more; Sometimes just a simple invitation for a particular occasion (like a wedding) is sent by sending a string with a number of knots. If the string has 4 knots then the receiver knows that he has to arrive at the village of the sender on the 4th day. Sometimes if it takes longer to go, then the messenger will cut off one knot per day he uses up to arrive so that the calculation remains correct. Practical demonstration in the files


Meenaxi Barkataki-Ruscheweyh (2009). Item "Traditional skills" in collection "Tangsa, Tai, Singpho in North East India". The Language Archive. (Accessed 2024-06-15)

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