Locating Gender in the Socio-Religious Life of the Meiteis: From Myth to Reality

  • Oinam Ronnie Chanu Former Research Scholar, Centre for the Study of Social Systems, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India.
Keywords: Gender, Myth, patriarchy, patriliny, contemporary socio-religious life.


The paper tries to examine the role of gender in the Meitei society. In this exercise, it tries to understand the functioning of kinship principles such as patriliny and patriarchy in the society by analysing accounts taken both from their myth of origin as well as their contemporary socio-religious life. In other words, it attempts to explain that the dominance of men and the essence of importance given to men in the Meitei society are all symbolised in their myth of origin and executed in their contemporary lived reality.  


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