Meitei people

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Meitei, Meetei
মৈতৈ/মীতৈ
Total population
2.5 million
Regions with significant populations
Manipur, Assam, Tripura, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Nagaland,Mizoram
Languages
Meitei
Religion
Predominantly Hinduism;
minority Sanamahism
Related ethnic groups
Nagas, Burmese, Bishnupriya Manipuri,Tripuri, Shan, Tai, Kuki, Karen, Tai Ahom

The Meitei (also Meetei, Meithei, Manipuri) people are the majority ethnic group of Manipur, a northeastern state of India. Meitei is an endonym or autonym while Manipuri is an exonym. A significant population of the Meitei also are settled in domestic neighboring states such as Assam[1] and Tripura. They have also settled in Bangladesh[2] and Myanmar.[3]

The Meitei people are made up of seven major clans known as Salai Taret.[4] Their written history has been documented to 1445 BC.[5]

Language[edit]

The Meitei people speak the Meitei language, a Tibeto-Burman language. Both Meitei Mayek and Bengali script have been used to write Meitei.[6][7]

Kinship system[edit]

History[edit]

Prehistory[edit]

Historical period[edit]

Culture[edit]

Society[edit]

Government[edit]

Music[edit]

Art[edit]

Religion[edit]

Mostly meiteis belong to Vaishnav sect of Hinduism. They worship Lord Krishna.

Cuisine[edit]

Clothing[edit]

Politics[edit]

Economy[edit]

Sports[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Meitei Diaspora In Assam". e-pao.net. 
  2. ^ Project, Joshua. "Manipuri, Meitei in Bangladesh". 
  3. ^ Project, Joshua. "Manipuri, Ponna in Myanmar (Burma)". 
  4. ^ "Origin of the Meiteis Part 2". E-Pao. Dr J Rimai. 
  5. ^ "A Brief History of the Meiteis of Manipur". The Manipur Page. P. Lalit. 
  6. ^ "History of Meetei Mayek". tabish.freeshell.org. 
  7. ^ "Manipuri language and alphabets". www.omniglot.com. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Kshetrimayum, Otojit. (2014). Ritual, politics and power in north east India: Contexualising the Lai Haraoba of Manipur. New Delhi: Ruby Press & Co.
  • http://www.ethnologue.com/18/language/mni
  • Singh, Saikhom Gopal. (2014). The Meeteis of Manipur: A study in human geography. New Delhi: Ruby Press & Co.
  • Singh, Saikhom Gopal. (2014). Population geography of Manipur. New Delhi: Ruby Press & Co.