Kabui Tribes or popularly called the Rongmei live in the Tamenglong district of Manipur. Some of the Rongmei reside in Imphal valley, the capital city of Manipur. They are patrilineal and patriarchal. The ancestral home of the Kabui tribe lies in the mountain ranges in the Tamenglong sub division of Manipur. They are also found in the adjacent mountainous areas of Nagaland and Assam. The Kabui settlement in Manipur happens to be the southern portion of the vast tract of Kabui country. As far as race and language is concerned the Kabui fall under the Tibeto-Burman family of the Mongolian race. The Kabui tribes have been considered as one of the twenty nine tribes in the Constitution of India.
Kabui tribes can be divided into four clans:
Kamai - This clan is again divided into seven sub clans
Golmai - This clan is again divided into five sub clans
Langmai - There is no sub clan
Gangmai - This clan is again divided into two sub clans
All these clans are exogamous. Their language is Kabui. Agriculture is their main occupation. Rice is the main crop that is grown. Other vegetables are also grown. They also work as daily wage labourers. They are also engaged into occasional hunting too. Fishing is another occupation of this tribe. Weaving is an occupation among the women.
Their houses are built in parallel rows in north to south direction. The traditional dress of Kabui male is a full or a half sleeved shirt and a dhoti known as Khudai. Ting Gwang is a major deity worshipped by them. Lagang is the God of this Tribe. Their priest is called Maiba.
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