The language of Meibi, a sacred variety of Meithei

The language of Meibi, a sacred variety of Meithei

Depositor: Karen Parker
Location: India
Deposit Id: 0445
ELDP Id: SG0436
Level: Deposit

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Documentating an endangered variety of Meithei, a Tibeto-Burman language of North East India. The language is a liturgical speech variety used by the Meibi (a religious title), who represent a minority among the Nupi Manbi (indigenous transgender) community in Manipur state, North East India. The Meibi are part of a specific offshoot of an ancient Manipuri religious tradition called Samahadi, which predates the colonial era. The language of the Meibi is unintelligible to the speaker of standard Meithei.

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