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Evocative Accounts of Transgender Shaman of Manipur

MEN SHAMAN OF MANIPUR - NUPA AMAIBI (Devotional Activities) - Heinrich Böll Stiftung Delhi

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Nupa Amaibis/ Maibis are the men shaman of Manipur.The Amaibi tradition has been flourishing in Manipur since time immemorial. This video is of Nupa Amaibis performing devotional activities shot in Heirangoithong Maibam Leikai, Imphal West, Manipur.

A film by Santa Khurai, supported by Heinrich Boll Stiftung, India.

A Meitei indigenous Nupi Maanbi from Manipur exposed her hair after washing the hair with Chenghi (Rice water boiled with local herbs). Photo by Mitkhubi Haobijam (Nupi Maanbi)

Rescuing traditional queerness: An interview with Santa Khurai

I believe this documentation is a good asset for many people across the globe.
- Santa Khurai

Nupa Amaibis Gallery

Photographs taken on 10th May 2017 during Laningthou Amudon Haraoba - Photo courtesy - Nanao Amaibi