sana lamjel

In the kingdom of Manipur, since 1972 a state in India, a unit of length established around 33 c. e. by the ruler, Nongda Lairen Pakhangpa, equal to the distance from the floor to the tips of the fingers of his raised right hand while standing, plus 4 fingerwidths.

This unit became the basis of units of land area. An area 50 sana lamjel by 60 sana lamjel was 1 pari. 1 pari = 2 lourak = 4 sangam = 8 loukhai = 16 loushal = 32 tong.

The unit was modified in the reign of King Khagemba (1597 – 1652), becoming the distance between the fingertips of that king's outstretched arms (the conceptual fathom), plus 4 fingerwidths of the king.

Basil Copleston Allen.
Naga Hills and Manipur.
Assam Gazetteers, volume 9.

Reprinted in 1979 in a collection, Gazetteer of Bengal and north east India, by Mittal Publications, Delhi. As quoted in Land Records Maintenance.

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