BY T. C. HODSON. EAST LONDON COLLEGE.
(Read at Meeting, December 20th, 1911.)
I have for long had it in mind to examine Meithei literature, but it was, and still is, my purpose to examine it rather from the aspect of philology than from that of folklore. Dr. Grierson remarks that the Manipuris are mentioned in the Shan chronicles as early as 777 A.D., and that their form of speech gives the impression of possessing a peculiarly archaic character. We know, too, from the same high authority, that it sometimes agrees more closely with Burmese, and even with Tibetan, than with the Kuki-Chin dialects spoken all around it.
Mr. Damant gives the following account of Meithei literature:—
- Linguistic Survey of India, vol. iii., part iii., p. 8.
- Loc. cit.
- Quoted in Linguistic Survey of India, vol. iii., part iii., p. 21.
- Takhel is Tippura; ngamba, to conquer.
- Sam sok is Sumjok, Upper Chindwin district.