Unveiling the Past: A Study of Traditional Social Institutesin Pre-Vaishnavite Kangleipak (Manipur) Valley

This paper intends to give an in-depth assessment of traditional social institutions during the pre-Vaishnavite period in the Kangleipak (Manipur) valley, with a particular emphasis on the Meitei population. Since ancient times, they have been involved in making significant contributions to the culture and society of the region. The present paper will delve into patriarchal society by investigating the father’s role, the status of women, marriage customs, birth rituals, inheritance, death rituals etc. It will further explore how these institutions have changed over time and how they are practised now. The paper will provide more profound and holistic insights into the social institutions of the pre-Vaishnavite era and their influence on the Meitei community.