‘Ckayod’ the food of nature, indeed! Having finished our natural dinner dish, we decided to sit in the balcony. A fresh odor of rain was nourishing our senses. Very light invigorating breeze was manufacturing a temporary calmness in this world. Some night species of birds were tweeting. And above all these things, I had the company of someone whose presence was amplifying this extravagance.
“Do you remember our arrival in Scidia? Wasn’t that a similar night?” Rache started conversation. I agreed in reply to her. We have spoken of our Scidia visit so many times yet we always feel that sense of excitement whenever any of its’ instance is talked. Tonight was another such night. Rache’s initial statement was just a beginning of whole night long nostalgic conversation.
We reached Myan Airport at 11:17 PM. Myan, one of the oldest and in current time one of many modern cities of Scidia. Its Airport was one such gesture, a fusion of city’s archaic culture and its adaptation to modernization. We were welcomed warmly by our host Shial Somors outside the Airport. We communicated with him about our visit and requested for his and his team’s service during our time in Myan.
Shial made all the arrangements before we reached Myan. As soon as we stepped out of the Airport premise, a taxi was waiting for us. You can see real Myan only soon as you come out of that ultra-modern Airport area. In fact in all over the Scidia, you can relate this fact more or less about their structure of civilization. There was a substantial gap between two classes of its population. Some really poor people living their whole life in misery right in front of people who have more than what they really require. I have always wanted to come Scidia for this very reason. I wanted to study, observe what kind of steps are being taken to lose this thick line between two classes of their citizens.
Having mentioned about those ultra-modern facilities of Myan, there are still hundreds of secluded villages in remote parts of this rapidly developing city. We were officially there for that reason. It was a part of our final note submissions to our Ph.D. topic- The Secluded Civilizations of The World.
We reached our guest house somewhere around midnight. After a long air travel, we only had that night to get ourselves recharged. Next day we leave for our real expedition, slightly off road ride as we had been told by Shial on our way to guest house so that we can prepare ourselves accordingly. We were extremely excited about this journey since the very beginning. From next day onwards, we were going to spend next 20 days in the very remote parts of the Myan forests.
Next morning, we got ourselves ready for the ride. We were accompanied by Shial’s local team- Sehnil, Harsek and Nirsal who were familiar with the routes of Myan forests and were going to guide us in some of the very remote parts of them. Myan forests are said to be the most restrained territories of our planet from the humans. With the kind of rain it conceives every year, the forest cover is very dense. Very rich in its flora and fauna. But because of its uncanny ground altitudes and natural obstacles in the path, very less part of it has been traversed by the outsiders. Yet it is said that there are some obsolete civilizations living inside these Myan forests since thousands of years and they have never been connected with our world by anyone till this day. Very true!
Our first stop was at Eastern side of Myan forests. We could take our Jeep only till the point jungle pathway have been carved out. After that point, we had to peregrinate. When we approached Shial from Trans and inquired about our interests in Myan, he provided us some information about some of the coteries living in the Myan forests. That list had 10 rows, as we have planned 2 days for each. It read as below,
The first four tribes are found in the eastern Myan forests. Next three in South-Western and last three in South-Eastern side. The north sector of Myan forest was already turned into a city with tall buildings. However on opposite, the southern part of it has never been explored completely yet by any human. Unimaginable forest density, some extremely low altitudes and rumored stories of giant creatures & ghostly tales hold accountability for the seclusion of this part. Also the southern Myan share boundary with ‘mad sea’ from three sides which is other geographical reason for its seclusion. Nobody travels or even seek to be anywhere near to ‘mad sea’ as it holds very high uncertainty factor with its tides and inhuman weather.
We heard a lot about this part from Shial and from the very beginning. I personally was pretty excited to go in & peregrinate this part as well in our journey. But Shial made it very clear that it has even higher degree than impossibility to be in southern Myan. Nevertheless, we have been assured that we would get enough from the list to get good feeds on our paper. We eventually had to agree.
On that first day, our first destination was the tribe called as ‘Teegamurea’. The name is inherited from the Valley area of Myan forest which is called ‘Teegamura’ where they reside. They are the closest to our more evolved civilizations. Though in order to cover this close gap, we had to peregrinate for about 4 hours in Myan forests.
Finally we reached there. The tribe of Teegamurea…
Chapter-4> The Teegamurea Coterie