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Moriro ain Mangermachh (Sindhi: مورڙو ۽ مانگر مڇ) is a story of personal valor and inventive technique by which the hero Moriro(the fisherman-seeker) killed a sea-monster Mangermachh (Whale) by diving deep in an especially built Iron-Cage.
The brave fisherman, who went into the sea to bring back his dead 6 brothers who had been swallowed one after one by the devouring whale.
In good old days, there was a village of fishermen called Kalachi. The main source of subsistence of the villagers was fish-catching; they used to row their boats deep into the sea to catch fish. In the locality (now known as Clifton) was a hazardous whirlpool called 'Kalachi jo Kun', meaning the 'Vortex of Kalachi'. Boats would get caught up and sunk deep in the vortex. Once a Whale took abode in the whirlpool and it devoured the crew of the boats, caught in the whirlpool.
There was another village of fishermen known as Sonmiani at a distance of 60 miles from Kalachi. There lived in the village a fisherman named Aoubhayo (Sindhi: اوڀايو). He had seven sons, all strong and well-built, except for his youngest son Moriro, who was of short-stature and handicapped; as such he was not taken for fish-caching. The six brothers used to go for their catch early in the morning and return after sunset.
One day they did not return home. It worried the villagers. They went out in their search and discovered that their boats were caught by the whirlpool and the Whale had devoured them. Learning about the tragic death of his brothers, Moriro, though handicapped, resolved to take revenge and rid the villagers of the calamitous monster. He got an iron-cage made, fitted with pointed spikes on its outside, and tied with strong ropes. The ropes were fastened in the necks of two strong male buffaloes. He sat inside the cage and it was lowered in the whirlpool. He had instructed the villagers to pull out the cage when he shook ropes inside.
As the cage was lowered the fish, seeing a prey, pounced on it to swallow it. It got hooked and pierced with spikes. Moriro shook the ropes and the cage was pulled out along with the killer crocodile enmeshed with the cage. Villagers incised its stomach and brought out remains of the all dead brothers and buried them near the northeast side of Kalachi, at the foot of the mountain, and Moriro the spent rest of his life as keeper of their graves.
The place even today is called the "Graveyard of Moriro". It is at the distance of two miles from main Karachi, near the cremation ground of Hindus.
Legacy of Moriro
The Poet does not narrate the tale, but appropriates certain situations, events, and some distinct features of the tale having rich implication. They stand for more than what they are on the surface and hint at a larger meaning. It is a dramatization of forces of good and evil in human soul.
The symbolization of the inner struggle of man with beast in him, who spiritually devours him and a whirlpool, where soul sinks on his spiritual voyage. With suggestion the poet evokes ideas, feelings, over and above the actual sense and sound of the word. Sea could be interpreted as a symbol of infinity, the other world as well as this world, the mystery of life and death, the enigma beyond comprehension, and whale as man's base self.
- Popular Folk Stories: Morirro ain mangarmachh – Dr.Nabi Bux Khan Baloach – Sindhi Adabi Board. Hyderabad,Sindh, Pakistan. 1967.