Tualvungi and Zawlpala

Once upon a time, there lived a man called Zawlpala who had beautiful wife named Tualvungi. These two loved each other very dearly.
since Tualvungi was very beautiful, people from different places used to come to their village just to see the beauty of Tualvungi.
Knowing of her beauty one day, a king called Phuntiha also came to their village and met the loving couple. As Tualvungi was very beautiful, Phuntiha fell in love with her. Zawlpala was very proud of his wife and told Phuntiha that she was his sister.
The king then asked Zawlpala for the hand of Tualvungi and (according to the custom) Zawlpala believing that Phuntiha would not be able to meet a fantastic price, felt safe and named an enormous bride-price for his wife.
To the utter disappointment of Zawlpala, however, Phuntiha was easily able to give the demanded price as he was also a magician. So the happy couple were thus unexpectedly separated due to inevitable circumstances.
Phuntiha then returned home with the lovely Tualvungi and Zawlpala was left alone with his grief and wealth. Zawlpala could not bear his loneliness for long and went to visit Tualvungi in her new home and it so chanced that Phuntiha was away when Zawlpala reached his place.
Tualvungi was afraid for the life of Zawlpala and warned him not to accept anything the crafty Phuntiha would offer him. Phuntiha later came home and saw Zawlpala. Fearing that he would take away his new wife, he offered poisoned food to his guest in order to kill him.
At first, Zawlpala was able to resist the foods but on persuasion, he ate a little piece of the meal offered to him. Tualvungi knew the fatal mistake that her former husband had made. She advised him to return home at once as he was sure to die of poisoning.
Zawlpala, in fact died a few days after he reached home. People came to mourn his death and it was decided to send someone to Tualvungi to inform her of the sudden demise of her former husband.
The crow volunteered its service, saying it would go to Tualvungi and cry out ‘Caw, caw’ which no one would understand. For its foolishness the crow was dipped in black dye and has remained black ever since.
Next the crab offered to go saying it would cry, ‘Ai, ai’ and the angry people stamped on the poor crab, making it low to this day.
As they were so much worried about how to send information, the pigeon offered to go and say to Tualvungi ‘Zawlpala has died recently. Tualvungi should come to mourn for him’ The pigeon satisfied the people and it was sent to Tualvungi.
Accordingly, the pigeon rightly informed the message to the wife. when Tualvungi came to know of the death of Zawlpala, she was determined to return to the village and mourn for him.
Phuntiha however, would not have his wife mourning for the man he had killed and to prevent his wife going, he placed a sharp dao at tha doorway and induced Tualvungi to step on it.
As designed by her husband, Tualvungi wounded her foot but her determination was so strong that she managed to go despite her wounded foot. And she proceded to pay her last tribute to her former husband.
On reaching the village of Zawlpala, Tualvungi enquired the place where Zawlpala was buried. When she reached the exact place, overcome with grief at the death of her beloved Zawlpala, she asked the grand old woman who followed her to take her life at the grave of her true lover.
Therefore, a grand old woman then killed Tualvungi with her knife and buried her just at the side of Zawlpala.
Soon after that Phuntiha arrived to the spot trying to take her back but was just in time to see both Zawlpala and Tualvungi changed into two yellow butterflies and fly up in the air happlily.
So, he too changed himself by magic into a big black coloured butterfly and flew after them, but was not able to overtake the two united lovers.
Hence, it is believed till this day that you can see a big black butterfly chasing a pair of yellow butterflies. Even children also used to tell that the two yellow butterflies are spirit of Zawlpala and Tualvungi and the black one who used to fly alone is also the spirit of Phuntiha. So ends the story of Tualvungi and Zawlpala.
Source : Mizo songs and folk tales (Laltluangliana Khiangte)