Abstract

This article looks at the orthographic debates within Meitei society, and shows how the cultural ideology of the sacred body was the pivotal factor by which the Meitei community made its orthographic choice. The article further elaborates on the importance of the human body image in Manipuri society, and how the body philosophy pervades different areas of life. It also examines how the philosophy of the sacred body is now secularized in children's alphabet books in order to be taught in the modern nation-state.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1534-1518
Print ISSN
0003-5491
Pages
pp. 129-154
Launched on MUSE
2009-04-05
Open Access
No
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