Seminar deliberates culture and history of Limboos in Sikkim

Gangtok, 10 June:

A two-day long seminar on culture, customs, tradition and history of the Limboo tribe of Sikkim concluded here in the capital today.

This seminar was organised by the Sikkim Yakthung Sapsok Songjumbho (Sikkim Limboo Literary Society) in collaboration with all registered societies of the Limboo community in Sikkim - Sikkim Limboo Youth Association, Sikkim Yakthung Sakthim Phochumph, Sikkim Yakthung Sapto Chumbho and Sikkim Yakthung Nitchamsa Chumpho - in association with the Limboo Language Society, Human Resource Development Department.

The organisers inform that the seminar aimed to accumulate inputs from private individuals on ethnography and various other aspects of the community, their language, customs, Mundhum religion and culture which will later be compiled as a report by a drafting committee.

This report will then be presented to the Government of Sikkim and the Government of India’s Ministry of Tribal Affairs.

HRDD Minister, RB Subba, was present as the chief guest today accompanied by Minister NK Subba as guest of honour along with MLA Chandra Maya Subba, former Speakers Kalawati Subba and CB Subba, Padma Shri BB Muringla and AD Subba, advisor, Health Department, as special guests.

The chief guest congratulated the organisers for conducting a first of its kind seminar on the community’s history and commented that the community has slowly “started walking”.

While accepting that important decisions cannot be made in such a short span of time, he hailed the seminar as a way forward to discuss and debate various concerns, issues and aspects of the Limboo community.

He stated that there is no recorded history of the area and its people before the historic Lho-Mon-Tsong Sum agreement of 1642, and that there is need to collect all the historical records of the community.

“Limboos are the autochthons of Sikkim,” he said.

He also appealed to the Phedangbas, Phedangmas and Yebas, the Limboo priests, to take a lead in cultural preservation of the community.

He also informed that the Chief Minister has suggested that a Phedangba school be established for the cultural preservation of the community.

Guest of Honour, NK Subba, also addressed the gathering and urged the youth not to be misguided but take responsibility instead for preservation and conservation of the customs and traditions of the community.

He added that all the efforts to conserve preserve and develop the Limboo community by the state government are underway in the state.

The seminar included papers by various speakers and scholars from the Limboo community.