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"MEITEI NGAMU, A FISH OF FOOD AND CULTURAL VALUE Ngamu fish is also called ‘Live Fish’ since it is sold in the market alive because it can inhale air and live without water for quite some time. They are very nutritious and tasty fish, often caught from marshes and swamps. Manipuri’s harvest the fish and when it is plenty, roast and dry them and store for eating in the off season. It forms the basis of protein nutrition of Manipuri’s and is served as vegetable curry. The fish is offered to ailing patients for his/her health and long life. It is used in the process ‘ushin’ (a cultural practice for wishing good fortune to a Manipuri) in which a fish is released in the water for health and longevity of a family member. The fish is an essential item in the customary rites of the Manipuri’s: be it marriage or child birth or weaning. "