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Early Meitei History: Religion, Society and the Manipur Puyas

 
Rena Laisram (Author)
Synopsis Early Meitei History: Religion, Society and the Manipur Puyas is a concerted attempt towards presenting an objective reconstruction of the religion and society in early Meitei history. Studies undertaken so far have been inadequate in terms of handing the mass of mansuscripts called Puyas which are the only major written source for the study. Notwithstanding the existence of reliable historical material alongside mythical narrative, the problem has been the treatment of the Puyas by majority of the scholars as authentic historical records per se. This book offers a fresh approach to the treatment of the subject. It integrates critical study of the Puyas, experiences of the living tradition archaeological evidence and secondary date sources to comprehend the subject from a wider perspective.

The study focuses on ancestor worship; a critical study of which is crucial for understanding other aspects of Manipur history. The traditional religion passed through along process of evolution and survived even after Vaisnavism was declared the state religion of Manipur in the 18th century A.D.

The book will serve its purpose if it contributes towards a meaningful interpretation of the history of the Meitei. The work also aimed at stimulating discourses on issues such as identity, ethnicity and nationality affecting contemporary Manipur society. It is hoped that the study will provide a more perceptive understanding of the past, which is essential in order to understand the present and subsequent periods of Meitei history.
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About the author

Rena Laisram

Rena Laisram teaches at the Department of History, Gauhati University. She obtained M.A.from University of Delhi, M.Phil from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and Ph.D from Gauhati University. The book authored by her is titles: The Growth and Development of Meitei Nationality: A Historical Approach. She has to her credit several published articles/papers in books and journals of national and international repute. She has also presented many research papers in regional, national and international seminars and conferences. Her main research interests are in the field of Religion and Society, Folklore and Tradition, Issues of Ethnicity, Identity and Nationality and Gender Studies.

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Bibliographic information

Title Early Meitei History: Religion, Society and the Manipur Puyas
Author Rena Laisram
Format Hardcover
Date published: 04.07.2009
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788183701631
length xvi+256p., Apendices; Glossary; Bibliography; Index; 22cm.
Subjects History