I begin by specifying the area that comes under the purview of this article, which is, what may be termed as, literature transcribed from the oral. I go back to referencing from my own Khasi literature, therefore, and quote from one of my essays in which R.S. Lyngdoh
Ha kata ka Ri ka Raij ka ba ym don jingpang ym don jingїap, ym don sngewsih ym don jynjar, ym don tymmen ymdon kro; don tang U Blei Nongbuh Nongthaw u Thakur Bamon Uba ker Uba da na ka khlam ka rup bad baroh ki ba sniew ha kane ka pyrthei.
Once there lived a young cowherd, in the rolling lush green hills of the Khasis. As in olden days, and even in today’s village life,
Matrilineal society has a system in which lineage is traced through the mother and maternal ancestors.All the members of the clan who trace their descent from the common ancestral mother practise their lineage system in the matrilineal society