NAKINJE-NAKINJE





This traditional playful game of the Kom tribe of Manipur was revived from the minds of elderly members of Khoirentak Kom village. In this game a song is rhythmically sung to establish foot steps and body movements by a group of boys and girls. It begins by forming a chain by the children, holding hand to hand of one another. They move beneath the shoulder of each other and make a twisted chain. To form this twisted chain a rhythmic howling is made like "NAKINJE-NAKINJE"- means let us twist. When the twisted chain like formation is unturned, the rhythm of howling changes to "NAKINJAM-NAKINJAM".
It is believed that the play is an enactment of the Python and the turn and unturn signifies- time (the day and night).

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