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Meiteia are the major ethnic group in Manipur. The major population is concentrated in the Imphal valley of Manipur, Cachar valley of Assam, Tripura, Bangladesh and Myanmar. Majority of the meiteis are followers of Vaishnavite hinduism mixed with traditional beliefs. A section of the Meiteis follows ancient Meitei religion called Sanamahi laining. Meitei Pangal, a section of the larger Meitei ethnic group follows Islam. There are some individuals who follow religions like Christianity and the Bahá'í Faith. Manipur (মনিপুর) is a state in northeastern India making its capital in the city of Imphal. ... Imphal is the capital of Manipur, India. ... Assam (অসম) is a northeastern state of India with its capital at Dispur. ... Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Tripura Tripura (ত্রিপুরা) is a state in North-east India. ... A Hindu is an adherent of Hinduism, the predominant religious, philosophical and cultural systems of Bharat (India) and Nepal. ... Sanamahism (The Manipuri Religion) The Manipuri Religion, i. ... Islām is described as a dÄ«n, meaning way of life and/or guidance. Six articles of belief There are six basic beliefs shared by all Muslims: 1. ... See also: Timeline of Christianity Beliefs Jesus crucifixion as portrayed by Diego Velázquez. ... Baháí Faith - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ...

Meiteis are characterised by their language. They speak Manipuri, a Tibeto-Burman language, which is recognised as an Indian national language.

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The Meiteis had their own system of religion which had its own myths and legends, gods and goddesses, priests and priestesses, rituals and festivals, etc. though it was more or less akin to the animism of the tribals.
The Meiteis embraced Hinduism in the 18th century A.D. The tribes of the hills remained unconverted and were relegated by the new Manipuri Hindus to the "degraded heathens".
Meitei language was adopted as their mother tongue and they became an integral socio-religious component of Manipuri population.
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