Maharaja-In-Council Of Manipur For Customary And Religious Matters Of Its People

The kingdom of Manipur began to exist centuries before Christ, unlike the Kingdom of Great Britain, which came into being only from 449 A.D. when Teutonic wild Tribes, the Angles, the Jutes and Saxons from the sea coast of North Germany landed in the Island, then mainly occupied by its autochthon people, called Celts, later on came to be known as Britons, from which derived the name, Britain. The name,...

Dance: The Tool Of Sanskritisation Process In Manipur

Manipur, lovingly called the Sanaleibak or the land of gold, had various clans and tribes rooted in her soil. The seven major clans Khábá, Cenglei, Luwáng, Khuman, Moiráng, Angom and Ningthoujá integrated to form the Meiteis. The hill people like the Nagas, Kuki-Chins and the Mizos added palpably to the ethnic culture of this state. The culture of the people at large is observed clearly in the...

Cheiraoba – The Meitei New Year Day

This year, Sajibu Cheiraoba, an important traditional festival of the Meiteis was held on April 4. This festival is celebrated on two different days – Sajibu Nongma Panba, the first day of Sajibu celebrated by traditional Sanamahi Laningthou and Charak Pujah on April 14 celebrated by the believers of the Hindu religion. King Bheigyachandra (1760 A.D. Saka year 1682) of Manipur introduced this...

Heraka: The Primordial Religion

The Zeliangrong people of North East have followed a profound indigenous religion known as the Heraka. Heraka literally means in Zemei pure and not impure. Hera means smaller deities; Ka means fence, or give up, to obstruct, to avoid. So all prohibitions and sacrifices associated with the smaller gods must be fenced out, avoided and only Tingwang must be worshipped. This is the meaning of Heraka. Here,...

Zeliangrong Romances With Tradition By ‘Drumming’ Up Young Adults

Image Credit: Indianezone IMPHAL, Jan 12: In a throwback to the tradition of yore, the Zeliangrong community of Manipur has performed the rites of passage called Kong’“Poumei (drum dedication ceremony) as a precursor to accepting young residents of dormitory as adults in the society. The ceremony of drum dedication which has been solemnized today is performed to honor two Khangbons (chiefs...

Taboos In Manipur

Taboo is a forbidden activity, something that is not permitted, something which stands against social approval and is disallowed by norms of behavior. They are complete restrictions or prohibition in saying or doing something. It is concerned with social and cultural aspects of life. Manipur society is rich in taboos, making the people a highly civilized one since time immemorial. It is also for the...

Manipuri Shamanistic Music Reaching Out To Gen Next

A Manipuri 'Pena' The ‘˜pena’, a musical genre from India’s northeast associated with shamanistic folk rites from the pre-Christian era, is making its way into mainstream performances after roping in women and youth. Manipuri pena exponent and balladeer Mayanglambam Mangangsana is promoting the ancient bow lute, also called the pena, and ballads sung to its melody. ‘Two...

Hill Valley Ties Via Shumang Lila

A scene from a Shumang Lila Tribal Shumang Lila appeared for a short period in the history of Shumang Lila in Manipur. A short span after display in remote villages, the Shumang Lilas unfortunately, discontinued for there was none to encourage and support it. IN THE year 2002, a few interested people initiated an experiment by introducing ‘˜Shumang Lila’ among the selected tribal artistes...

How To Lose A Generation

Shootings on the street. Drugs. State failure. Extortion. Unemployment. SAMRAT CHAKRABARTI maps the bleak vision of young Manipuris. And their uncertain expressions. Photographs by TARUN SEHRAWAT Harsh tunes... Okram Johnson, manager of metal band Kanglasha IT’S PAST 8 on an early winter night in Imphal. On a vacant lot, the size of a children’s playground, in the midst of a modest neighborhood,...

Tingkao Ragwang: The Supreme God

‘Tingkao Ragwang is the creator, operator and destroyer’ God is the name commonly given to the ultimate source and power of the universe and the subject of religious devotion. He is described as the Supreme Being, the creator, and the ordering force of that is. He is infinite, eternal, immutable creator, preserver of all things and the object of worship. He is a perfectly good, true,...

Implications Of Chieftainship Under Indian Democracy

Traditional political life of the Kukis is deeply rooted to their customary laws in their society. The socio political institutions are closely entrenched with other institutions. Their system of political institution is based on Kinship relations and is termed as a mere ‘Social Organization’ distinguished from ‘Political Organization’ of civilized community, whose authority...

Folklore Study And Its Importance

When I was first introduced to the transcendental world of folklore, I did not even discern what the folklore was. My vague idea about folklore was a simple fairy tale where the prince met the princess and the story ended happily ever after. If I had not joined the workshop on Advanced Intensive Workshop on Folklore recently organized by the Department of English, Manipur University, I would have never...

Funeral Rites Of The Kabuis

The Kabui, one of the indigenous tribes of Manipur is also known by the name of the Rongmei. In terms of race and language, the Kabui fall under the Tibeto-Burman family of the Mongolian race. The population of this tribe is found mainly in the Tamenglong District of Manipur. As a tribal population they are quite sizable; according to 2001 Census Report of India, their population in Manipur returned...