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‘Whistling Village’

Content for Mains Enrichment (CME)

Source: IE

 Kongthong village in Meghalaya is India’s only whistling village. Kongthong is located in the East Khasi Hills in Meghalaya and is popular as the ‘whistling village’ due to its unique tradition of ‘Jingrwai Lawbei’ (meaning the Song of the Clan’s First Woman) under which mothers create a tune for their newborns. These tunes are often used as names.


Kongthong people belong to the Seng Khasi Tribe and speak the Khasi language

Usage: This is one of the examples of unique dying traditions of India which need to be preserved. You can cite it in the questions on the themes of Indian culture, and tribal traditions.