The religion of Manipur : beliefs, rituals, and historical development

Saroj Nalini Parratt
The religion of Manipur may be regarded as an amalgam of the traditional religion and Chaitanyaite Vaishnavism. The former consists of belief in lai (deities), which may be classified as ancestral, tribal, domestic and tutelary gods respectively, The elaborate traditional rituals concerned every aspect of life, from domestic and agricultural rituals to rites of passage. The public festivals were especially important, especially Cheiraoba (the New Year festival) and the Lai Haraoba, a composite festival of...
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