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,...

Why I Am Not A Believer!

Religious bigotry and fanaticism have recently become more widespread in certain sections of Muslims of the world, and among the American Christians, which are offensive propaganda to the secularist viewpoint. We are familiar with the jihadis. What is least known is that in the United States the propaganda has assumed the shape of numerous attempts to undermine the separation of Church and State as...

Traditional Religion Of The Meiteis

Vaishnavism is of comparatively recent origin in Manipur. This religion came to the land in a most unexpected manner from the east in 1470 AD. (Shakabda 1392) Thangwan Ningthouba king of Manipur, better known by his reign-name Kyamba, the conqueror of Kyang (1467-1508 AD) and his all Choupha Khekkhomba, king of Pong, conquered Kyang Khambat (a Shan Kingdom in Kabow valley) with a combine force. They...