Friday, October 13, 2006

Cheitharol Kumbaba

Cheitharol Kumbaba




Today I'm going to discuss something special something that concern about the history of Manipur. Half of todays manipur public do not have much knowleges about the history of Manipur.Either we are not aware of our history or do not have efficient source for that.It is the right time to haunt our history and find our own identity.
Cheitharol Kumbaba, the chronicle of the kings of manipur, give various accounts of manipur history. The Cheitharol Kumbaba is a court account of the state, which claims to record events from the founding of the ruling dynasty in 33 CE. The document is thus probably the oldest chronicle in the region, written on hand made Meetei (Manipuri) paper made from tree bark in locally made ink with a quill or a bamboo pen. All in all it comprises more than 3000 leaves. This volume contains a copy of the original text of the Cheitharol Kumbaba, which is authorized by the Palace and the English translation from the original composed in archaic Manipuri script ( Meetei Mayek). Explanatory notes and a glossary complement this interesting source of information. Scholars working on East and South Asia will find this volume enlightening and the text will be useful for those readers engaged in social anthropology, religious history, archaeology, human geography and linguistics.

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