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Maibis performing Maibi Jagoi (priestesses' dance)

A Maibi or an Amaibi is a female priestess or a nun who uphold the sacred rites and rituals of Sanamahism (Meitei religion).[1][2] Their lives and duties encompass a wide range of activities to the spiritual life of the Meitei ethnicity. They play significant role in the Lai Haraoba festival to please the Umang Lais and the Lam Lais.[3][4] Maibism or Maibi culture is a dominant feature in Sanamahism.[5] The male counterpart of a Maibi is a Maiba.

A motif of a Maibi, included in the tableau of Manipur state, shown in New Delhi
A motif of a Maibi, included in the tableau of Manipur state, shown in New Delhi on the Republic Day

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  • The Anthropologist: International Journal of Contemporary and Applied Studies of Man. Kamla-Raj Enterprises. 2003.

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  1. Longkumer, Arkotong (2011). Reform, Identity and Narratives of Belonging: The Heraka Movement in Northeast India. A&C Black. p. 75. ISBN 978-1-4411-8734-5.
  2. Vatsyayan, Kapila (1981). A Study of Some Traditions of Performing Arts in Eastern India: Margi and Desi Polarities : Banikanta Kakati Memorial Lectures, 1976. Department of Publication, University of Gauhati.
  3. Indian Linguistics. Linguistic Society of India. 2008.
  4. Dr. Yumlembam Gopi Devi. Glimpses of Manipuri Culture. p. 75. ISBN 978-0-359-72919-7.
  5. Indian Anthropologist: Journal of the Indian Anthropological Association. Indian Anthropological Association. 2008.