Monday, March 30, 2009



“Hurry up! We are getting late, it is increasing the darkness. We have not made the instrument and simal’s bough. No way! Our friends would leave us; we do not get the space”.

When I remember it, behold As if I am dreaming of. But the reality is still remaining in a corner of my mind as a beautiful nostalgia while catching chepchepmaa (1).

Different groups would be seen heading towards fields to catch it in the twilight. They had a kind of competition to catch more. That beautiful moment of catching chepchepmaa remained mysterious in mind when i mentally came up with maturity.

Sometimes in national geography and discovery channel on television, to see the programs related to it cultivated my mind that chepchepmaa become a good subject matter of study and documentary. Still I am thinking alike.

There are two things essential to catch chapchepmaa: The one is Simali’s bough having small another two boughs both sides and instrument made by bamboo. It has one foot long cut in the middle so that it could give the same sound that of chepchepmaa.

In my memory I do not have catching many more. Because of age and size not being able to use hand faster, Friends who caught fast used to collect around three hundreds.

What is chepchepmaa?

It belongs to insects’ kind live in jungle. It is indistinct that how it forms. It has one year lifespan. Chepchepmaa would change its color when it turns into jhyaukiri (2). June and July are two month chepchepmaa are found in the jungle to have formed as jhyaukiri. Generally in the mid of feb and first of march chepchepmaa is caught.


Since chepchepmaa is a kind of insect live in the jungle, to catch it in the field near the jungle is appropriate place. Simali (3) is stuck into soil that it could stand strong alone without any supports and an instrument made by bamboo is tapped either on palm or on the stone precisely.
They begin to come after hearing sound produced by the instrument. There may be the question. how do they come by hearing that sound?
Yes, it is certain that there is something similarity between chepchepmaas’ sound and instrument. But chepchepmaa can not be identified unless it changes to jhyaukiri.

At around 6:30 in the evening is supposed to be suitable time. Whole day though changed place one to another, in the evening in search of friends they are wandering.
So when the instrument is played, sound produced by the bamboo made instrument is echoed that is to be heard exact as of chepchepmaa.


Geographically it is found in hilly regions where the (field) place is covered by jungle. And also, there will be no problem if the village is situated nearby jungle. But there is no guarantee of getting all over the regions. Even in the same place we can notice that ratio of chepchepmaa would not be same. Some days its ratio is found higher, sometimes lower.

Moderate climate is appropriate for chepchepmaa. It does not survive in cold temperate zone. It develops in spring season when leaves are begun to grow.

More recently chepchepmaa system has arrived almost on the verse of extinction. This culture had specially been initiated by lohorung community. Mass majority of the people, even in the vicinity who are non- lohorung, do not know about it. When asked the question about it to the lohorung people no one is sure how did it develop within?
All of them showed unknowingness.

This can be interesting subject matter which is also associated with ecology. People who are related to documentary film making will be wonderful research.


(Chepchepmaa): it is lohorung term, an insect having six legs with wings
(jhyaukiri): it is developed form of chepchepmaa, it has acute sound
(simali): a kind of plant with green color. It is often used to make fence and stick in the countryside.


Anonymous said...

Oh it's a pretty nice note on our(mostly Lohorung guys' childhood) and schooldays' relived...
i suppose if you could include the biological name of "chepchepma" would be a better... keep it up guys...

Anonymous said...

Oh it's a pretty nice note on our(mostly Lohorung guys' childhood) and schooldays' relived...
i suppose if you could include the biological name of "chepchepma" would be a better... keep it up guys...


Chepchepma you know it reminds me the bygone school days.let's say two decades ago..when i was at my puberty.The thing what we have been doing is pretty natural with the touch of Nature.One of my Uncle Devaraj, now in Malaysia, had taught me to trap them in the evening.Keep on exploring on those unseen realities.
Not nostalgic anyway...

Anish Lohorung

Anonymous said...

You made a few excellent points there. I did a search on the subject and hardly found any specific details on other sites, but then happy to be here, seriously, thanks.

- Lucas