The Meitei people are the majority ethnic group of Manipur, India, and because of this they are sometimes referred to as Manipuris. Generally speaking, Meitei is an endonym and Manipuri is an exonym. The Meitei people are made up of seven clans, who trace their written history back to 33 AD.
The Meitei people speak the Meitei language, a Tibeto-Burman language. Meiteis believe that the ancestor of one of their clans manifested himself as Pakhangba, a mythical dragon.[page needed][need quotation to verify]
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