Our Introduction (English)


Our Introduction (English)

Short Back Ground History:

Pun is one of the main clans of Magar Tribe. Magar Tribe is the largest indigenous ethnic group of Nepal. Before the unification of Nepal in 18th century by the late king Prithivi Narayan Shah, Magarat land was divided into more than 30 independent states.

Magar Tribe is divided mainly into two Magarats (States) as follows:

  • 12 Magarat (State): Located in the Western part of Kali Gandaki River.
  • 18 Magarat (State): Located in the Eastern part of Kali Gandaki River.

12 Magarat is further divided into 3 clans. They are as follows:

  • Thapa        2. Rana          3. Ale

18 Magarat is also further divided into 4 clans they are as follows:

  • Pun             2. Gharti.      3. Roka          4. Budhathoki

There are main 7 clans but more than 1100 sub-clans in Magar Tribe. Pun and Ale clans can not be found in any of other tribes so they do not have to write magar after their clans but other 5 clans (Thapa, Rana, Gharti, Roka and Budhathoki) clans can be found in other tribes so they have to write Magar after their clans to specify they are Magar.

Pun ancestral homeland extends from Karnali River in the West to Gandaki River in the East and Mahabharat foothill in the South to Himalayan range in the North. Although Pun clan is living in these areas for many generations, we now have extended to towns, cities, plains and foreign countries like; Hong Kong, United Kingdom and other countries for better and secure life.

According to the 18 Magarat’s history, Shaman Puran Tsan is the first legend of Pun clan. He is from north-country and he is also known as Machchhe Puran in Myagdi and Parbat areas. However, Pun clan of Myagdi and Parbat areas worships Karbakeli as an ancestral god (Kul Deuta) in every odd year (1, 3 or 5).

Languages:

Mainly, Dhut dialect is spoken in 12 Magarat and Kham & Kaike dialects in 18 Magarat. However, no Magar Dialect is spoken in Dhaulagiri areas specially in Parbat, Myagdi, Baglung and Gulmi areas for many generations due to various reasons such as restriction imposed by the past rulers.

Clans and sub-clans:

Pun clan has own language, tradition and culture, different than other 6 clans of Magar Tribe. There are more than 50 sub-clans in Pun clan. They are as follows:

Garbuja, Purja, Fagami, Pahare, Thane, Dud, Sut, Tilija, Chochangi, Ramjali, Rantija, Sherpunja, Buduja, Khorja, Armaja, Paija, Khame, Same, Ramjali, Thajali, Hunali, Holang, Loja, Shontaja, Jukjali, Ranke, Ulange, Sim, Soti etc.

Our traditional cultural dances are called Sorathi, Jhyaure, Shirafula, Yanimaya and Hi Halne etc. It is our responsibility today to protect these traditions and cultures for generations to come.

Dresses and ornaments:

Male:              Male traditional dresses for the male are: Tallosere (wrap-on-loincloth), Bhoto Bhangra and Nepali Topi. The ornament for male is Durbili.

Female:          Female traditional dresses are: Lungi, Chaubandicholi, Blue Patuki, Black Teki, and Mujetro. The ornaments for female are: Mundri, Bulaki, Fuli, Naugeri, Jantar and Kantha, Green Beads Pote, Tilahari Gold Cyclinder.

Finally, Pun Samaj UK was formed in 2007 to protect our culture and to unite us so that our future generations will not lose our identification and existence in future. In 2015,  Pun Samaaj UK was registered in UK Charity Commission so Pun Samaaj UK is a legal community in the UK.