Girl vs boy – Thang-Ta martial arts in Manipur

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Young Manipuri boy and girl demonstrateThang ta (Manipuri martial arts) during Sangai festival in Manipur.

Thang-ta is a weapon-based Indian martial art created by the Meitei of Manipur. In the Manipuri language, thang means sword and ta means spear, referring to the art’s primary weapons. The spear can be used in its non-missile form while in close or thrown from afar. Other weapons include the shield and the axe. Because of Manipur’s cultural similarity, geographic proximity and ethnic ties with Myanmar, thang-ta is closely related to banshay (martial arts of Myanmar).

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