(Last Updated on : 14/11/2009)
Maring tribes are mainly situated in the hilly villages of the Tengnoupal subdivision in the Chandel District in Manipur. Moreover, these Maring communities are concentrated in different villages like Narum, Machi, Khudei, Khoibu etc.
The Maring tribe has an etymological significance. The term Maring is derived from 'Mei' means fire and 'ring' means start or produce. Moreover, eminent anthropologists also have come to the inference that this tribal community has got close association with the Meitei Kings. Furthermore, the three groups of this tribe are identifiable from diverse way of dressing. Rather, the colours of their dresses become identifiable marks of these Maring tribal community people. Usually these Maring tribes prefer dresses of black and red colors along with red and black borders.
These Maring tribes speak language similar to that of any other tribe of this beautiful state of Manipur
. Some anthropologists claimed that these Maring tribes originally belong to the village, Machi. It was their native home and mainly Black Maring tribes reside there. Maring tribes practice farming and irrigation. It becomes obvious that their economy of these Maring tribes too is agrarian with low level of literacy as a whole. However, the scenario has undergone a change with improvement in their status and prestige. In addition to these, the Mariang tribes make different articles with bamboo. Some of the items are meant for household purpose.
Many of the Maring tribes have entered in the state politics also. Culture and tradition are rightly being preserved in their original form by these Maring tribes. Fun, merrymaking, feasting, dancing and singing play an integral part of various festivals that these Maring tribal communities celebrate in great vivacity.
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