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Tribals – Who Are They?

The terms ‘Tribals’ and ‘Tribal People’ have not been precisely defined in the Constitution of India. A skillfully coined phrase ‘Scheduled Tribe’ occupies a large portion of the Constitution. But the Constitution does not define Scheduled Tribes as such. Article 366(25) refers to Scheduled... 

Shivaratri And The Meetei Community

Maha Shivaratri festival is celebrated every year on the 29th day of the month of Phairen in the Meetei Calendar. Ganja (cannabis) and phola are primarily offered to Lord Shiva on this day in every household in Manipur. Phola is a mixture prepared with consecrated milk, curd, sugar, banana, crushed rice,... 

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,...