HISTORICAL EVOLUTION OF MIZORAM
The early history of the Mizos is virtually based on legends, traditions, customs and beliefs. The administrators and scholars had to face difficulties in tracing the historical evolution of the Mizo tribes. Nevertheless, there are innumerable folk songs, tales and fables that provide raw materials for the study of their migration and early settlement in the regions. There is common belief among the Mizos that their ancestors emigrated from a place called ‘Chhingluing’.
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The spirit goddess Khawluahlali ruled over Reiek mountain when the spirits in her dominion waged a war with the spirits of Chhawrpial mountain to the west. The Chhawrpial spirits threw a huge boulder to crush the spirits of Reiek…
King of the ghosts called Sangau close to Phawngpui Tlang (Blue Mountain). Across a few hills, in Cheriang lived another king – the gift of a Pine Tree from the bride’s home and a pair of Hollock Gibbons from the King of Ghosts to the forests of Cherian.
Rihi who had a cruel stepmother. One day, her father took Rihi’s younger sister into forest and killed her. Rihi eventually found her dead sister and was inconsolable. – Rihi turned herself into a small pool of water with the help of a leaf of the same..
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Mizoram /mɪ.’zoʊ.’ram/ (Mizo pronunciation: /mɪ.’zoʊ.’ram/) (from mi ‘people’, zo ‘hill’, ram ‘country’, literally “land of the hill people” / Mizo people) is one of the Seven Sister States of the North Eastern India, sharing borders with the states of Tripura, Assam, Manipur and with the neighbouring countries of Bangladesh and Burma. Mizoram became the 23rd state of India on 20 February 1987. Its capital is Aizawl.
The average height of the hills to the west of the state are about 1,000 metres (3,300 ft). These gradually rise up to 1,300 metres (4,300 ft) to the east. Some areas, however, have higher ranges which go up to a height of over 2,000 metres (6,600 ft). Phawngpui Tlang also known as the Blue Mountain, situated in the south-eastern part of the state, is the highest peak in Mizoram at 2,210 metres (7,250 ft). <<- Read more ->>
Oral traditions say Chapchar Kut was first celebrated in Seipui village in adjoining Myanmar that has a sizeable population of Mizos and their ethnic cousins. Chapchar Kut used to be celebrated to thank the gods for saving the people from harm during the clearing of forest on hill slopes for jhum cultivation at the beginning of a year.
It is one of the main festivals of the people of Mizoram.This is a post harvest festival. This is a festival observed in December- January for two days.The origin of Pawl Kut dates back to a period when people of Mizoram used to live near the River Tiau. Severe famine occurred for three continuous years. On the fourth year, there was a bumper crop. Thus people celebrate Pawl Kut as an act of thanksgiving to the Almighty for giving a bountiful harvest.
Although every state in India is famous for its fairs and festivals, the festivals of Mizoram are unique in their own ways. There is enough scope of entertainment that is offered by these festivals. Mim Kut festival is especially dedicated towards invoking the dead souls and offering tribute to them. According to this ritual offerings are made to the near and dear ones who passed away in the previous year.
The Eleven Mizo Clans
Hmar hnam zingah Hnamte, Hrangkhawl leh Biate hi thlangtla hmasa an ni a, Mizoram pâwn thenkhatah phei chuan hnam hran anga insawi ta te an awm.
The Mizo word literally means “beyond the world”. Unlike most concepts of heaven, it is not the final resting place of the spirits of the good and the righteous, nor there is a role for god or any supernaturals, but is simply a reservation for extraordinary achievers during their lifetime to enjoy eternal bliss and luxury.