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Thang-ta, the Martial art of Manipur

Thang-Ta is the traditional martial art form of the north-east Indian state of Manipur. The proper name of Thang-Ta is Huyen Lallong, meaning ‘the method of safeguarding’. More than being mere fighting, it is an elaborate system of physical culture that involves breathing methods, meditations and rituals.

Various hand-held weapons like the sword, spear and the dagger are used in this stylized martial art form. This is a highly revered art form in Manipur and according to the local legends, all performing movements of the Manipuris have originated from Thang-Ta.