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Sacred Forests of Khasi Hills

OTHER PROHIBITED FORESTS IN THE HIMA MAWPHLANG

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SACRED FOREST AND OTHER RESTRICTED FORESTS

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Hima Mawphlang has 7 (seven) more forests within its jurisdiction.

 

1. Khlaw Nongkynrih : This is the first ever prohibited forest established in ancient times to guard the sacred forest from devastation by fire, and also for the requirements of the inhabitants for wood or school buildings, foot-bridge etc. The Dorbar Hima only has the power to permit cutting of wood etc.

 

2. Khlaw adong Kseh Mawngap  :  This forest was originally a private forest belonging to Kyrhoin Khyriem. But under the dynamic chief (Lyngdoh) by the name U Raibusing Lyngdoh (1920) he requisitioned it and converted it into a prohibited forest for the purpose of enabling the inhabitants to get timber for the construction of dwelling places, schools, bridges and other public uses, but with approval of the Dorbar Hima. But due to mismanagement by the Hima, the pine trees fell victims to unscrupolous people and the glory of Kseh Mawngap disappeared sometimes in 1968.

 

3. Khlaw adong Wah Lwai  : The prohibitory orders for this forest was further confirmed on 20/11/1951 during the chiefdom of Robising Lyngdoh. The prohibitory orders are the same as the prohibitions as above. In addition it prohibits any form of cultivation etc in this or near the forest.

 

4. Khlaw adong Kor-um Kharai Masi : This prohibited forest is reserved for the purpose of strengthening the source of water supply.    To enforce the prohibitions, the then Lyngdoh, Late Robising Lyngdoh by promulgation dt. 20.12.58 prohibited the felling of trees, exploitation of sands, stones or cultivation of the land or the use of this forest for grazing. This prohibited forest is also known as a catchment area by the Governement.

 

5.     Khlaw adong Dymmiew Blah :  The Dorbar Hima which was held on 30-4-1970 thought it expedient to class this foest as a prohibited forest for the purpose of fuel for creamation, coffins etc.No felling of any type of trees except for permitted purposes is allowed in other prohibited forests.

 

6. Khlaw adong Wahsein Iong : During the Lyngdohship of Late Nakalsing Lyngdoh, the Dorbar Hima which held on 6/11/1948 formally decided to class this forest as a prohibited forest for the people of Mawmyrsiang and Wahrahaw village, other than to enable them to use the trees for cremations and coffins. Further, the Dorbar Hima which met on 8/6/1960 re-confirmed the prohibitory orders and the overseeing of this forest was entrusted to other three villages viz., (1) Urur (2) Lyngkien tangrew and Kharlarkhar.

 

7. Khlaw adong Kyiem : For the convenience of the inhabitants of the Hima of these villages (1) Wahlyngkien (2) Sunei (30 Ramklang & (4) Kyiem, the Dorbar Hima which met on 19/01/1968 promulgated prohibitory orders not to fell trees, but grass and fern bushes are allowed to cut from this forest.

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