Meitei people

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Total population
1.25 million
Sanamahism, Hinduism and Christianity
Related ethnic groups
Nagas, Burmese, Tripuri, Shan, Tai, Kuki, Karen, Tai Ahom

The Meitei or Meetei people are the majority ethnic group of Manipur, a northeastern state of India and because of this they are sometimes referred to as Manipuris. In fact, Meitei is an endonym and Manipuri is an exonym. The Meitei people are made up of seven major clans[1] who trace their written history back to 1445 BC[2]


The Meitei people speak the Meitei language, a Tibeto-Burman language.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Origin of the Meiteis Part 2". E-Pao. Dr J Rimai. 
  2. ^ "A Brief History of the Meiteis of Manipur". The Manipur Page. P. Lalit. 

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.
  • 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.