Manipuri Brahmin

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Manipuri Brahmins or Meitei Brahmins, also called Bamons by the locals, are those Brahmins who reside mostly in the valley areas of Manipur.

Description[edit]

Manipuri Brahmin origins stretch as far as Gujarat to West Bengal, Bangladesh, Uttar Pradesh and Orissa.[1] Each Brahmin family within the community belongs to a specific gotra indicating their origin.

Ethnicity, origin and history[edit]

Manipuri Brahmins are the descendants of Indo-Aryan[2] people. Brahmins from different parts of India such as Bengal, Mithila, North India, and Orissa began to migrate to Manipur Valley in the 15th Century.[1] The migration from Bengal was possibly caused by Hindu persecution by Bengali Muslims.[3]

Language[edit]

Manipuri Brahmins speak Meitei as their first language.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Sen, Sipra (1992). Tribes and Castes of Manipur: Description and Select Bibliography. A-100, Mohan Garden, New Delhi-110059: K.M. Rai Mittal for Mittal Publications. pp. 68–69. ISBN 81-7099-310-5. 
  2. ^ Prakash, Ved (2007). Encyclopedia of North-East India, Volume 4. B-2, Vishal Enclave, Opp. Rajouri Garden, New Delhi- 110027: ATLANTIC. p. 1540. ISBN 81-269-0706-1. 
  3. ^ Robinson, Rowena (2004). Sociology of Religion in India. B-42, Panchsheel Enclave, New Delhi 110 017: Sage Publications India Pvt Ltd. pp. 125–126. ISBN 81-7829-255-6.