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The Institution of Movuo: A Study from the Past

Author Affiliations

  • 1 Department of Anthropology, North-Eastern Hill University, Mawknyroh-Umshing, Shillong-793022, India

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 5, Issue (4), Pages 1-5, April,14 (2016)


The present paper shall discuss the importance of 'Movuo' – traditional political institution of the Mao Naga of Manipur. Movuo is the village chief. Since time immemorial the Mao Naga has being practicing the institution of Movuo. Like most tribal societies, every Mao village is an independent unit. It is a ‘sovereign village-state’, administered by a Movuo and assisted by a council of clans elders. Its position is hereditary and the system of primogeniture is followed. The eldest son succeeds his father. He was the patriarch of a village and holds supreme authority in a village. In the past, he controls all the social, religious and political life in a village.


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