A Glimpse Of Epigraphical Records In Manipur
Epigraphy, the study ofÂ inscriptionsÂ and coins came under the umbrella of archaeology, but they are subjects of specialized study in their own right. The study of inscriptions is known as epigraphy. An inscription is any writing that is engraved on something stone, wood, metal, ivory plaques, bronze statutes, bricks, clay shells, pottery etc. These epigraphic evidences gave a good opportunity in the study of ancient history and literature. In Manipur a few records are found, which belong to the ancient historical period. For example the stone inscriptions discovered from different parts of Manipur like Khoibu, Konthoujam Lairemma, Nagaprum Chingjin, Ningel, Leishangkhong, 1st Bn. Manipur Rifles etc. These inscriptions deals with the clan, tribeâ€™s origin, culture, religion, order of kings, tribal taboos, customary laws and historical events. All the stones of early period are written in the archaic Manipuri script except some stones, which are written in Devnagari as well as Bengali script of later ancient period. The contents of the stone inscriptions found in Manipur vary from area to area. Thus the paper tries to focus on glimpse of the above mentioned Epigraphical records found in the different areas of Manipur.
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