What is the cast of the Mizorams about?

Mizoram in India - the place where everyone is nice to one another

From TRAVELBOOK | March 01, 2021, 6:58 a.m.

Being nice is a folk tradition in Mizoram. The state in the Indian northeast is known for its evergreen mountains, its dense bamboo jungle and its particularly friendly and helpful residents. TRAVELBOOK reveals what's behind it.

Away from the bustling rest of India, the state of Mizoram nestles between Bangladesh and Myanmar and is the southernmost of the so-called Seven Sisters. In addition to Mizoram, the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Nagaland and Tripura also belong to the area known as Northeast India. It borders China and Bhutan in the north and is only connected to most of India via a narrow corridor.

Mizoram itself is 21,081 square kilometers, 1.09 million people love here. The inhabitants of Mizoram are called Mizos. Their main languages ​​are Mizo and English, most of them profess Christianity. Around eight percent of them cannot read or write, which makes Mizoram the state with the third lowest illiteracy rate in India. In addition to folk festivals, the Mizos are particularly known for one tradition: selflessness.

Mizoram's friendly residents and the reasons for them

Harmony and togetherness are very important in Mizoram. There's a tongue-twisting word behind it:Tlawmngaihna. This is the code of conduct of the Mizo living there, which “demands of everyone to be hospitable, warm-hearted, selfless, courageous and even at the top of self-sacrifice to be helpful to others.” This is what it says on the official website of Mamit, a district of the Indian state. So stands Tlawmngaihna for "selfless service to others".

Part of the Mizo's value system is alsoHnatlang. Today's Hnatlang system arose from “principles of self-help and cooperation to meet social obligations and responsibility”. This expects the villagers to do work for the common good.

Community and the well-being of others are placed before the self in Mizoram. The result: a peaceful, friendly society in which people treat each other lovingly and give each other priority. And where whole WhatsApp groups are involved if someone has left their money or wallet at the ATM and would like it back, as it says in a "BBC" report.

Tlawmngaihna has a long history

The code has a long tradition and is still lived and promoted today. When and how exactlyTlawmngaihnastarted is not clear, because the Mizos have a multifaceted history.

According to the site mizoram.nic.in, the real story of the Mizos is a mystery. According to a popular legend, the first and most talkative Mizos appeared under a large rock called Chhinlung. They talked so much that, according to legend, God got too much and closed the exit from the underworld with that very rock, so that no more people could step out. Historians seem to disagree about the exact location of the rock, but it is believed to be somewhere in China. It is believed that the Mizos descended from the Mongols and came to India from China via Myanmar. There they are said to have settled in the mountains between the 16th and 18th centuries.

The tribes are said to have lived in closely ramified communities from then on. From an early age, the center of Mizo society was the village, life revolved around the social community. Part of a typical Mizo village was Zawlbuk, the accommodation for bachelors. They lived here together and were prepared for their responsible role in society.

During the 19th century, the Mizo tribes often clashed with the British who were occupying India. The fighting ended in the subjugation of the Mizo, who eventually belonged entirely to British India until India declared itself independent in 1947. The present Mizoram area initially belonged to the state of Assam. After numerous armed uprisings and negotiations, Mizoram was finally declared an independent Indian state in 1987.

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Christian missionaries and women's rights

Christian missionaries came along with the British at the end of the 19th century, as a result of which most Mizo are now Christians. Religion, however, was not the only thing the missionaries brought to the Mizos. Education and the Roman script still show their long-term effects in the region, such as the illiteracy rate, which is low by Indian standards.

According to the holiday portal "Holidify", the Mizo population consists of different ethnic groups and each individual tribe has its own festival and its own rituals, which are especially celebrated at the various festivals. The authors on mizoran.nic.in describe the Mizos as “a tightly knit society without class differences and without discrimination based on sex”, living together like one big family. Events such as births, weddings and deaths are celebrated with the whole village. The state-run Mizoram portal confirms equality between men and women and declares that women are "an integral part of Mizoram's workforce". 60 percent of Mizo work in agriculture.

Entry to Mizoram

If you want to see the state of the mountain people, as Mizo is translated, for yourself, you need a visa for India on the one hand. But even entering Mizoram itself does not happen without registration. "All foreigners must register within 24 hours of their arrival at the office of the Superintendent of Police (CID / SB) Mizoram, who is the designated foreigner registration officer (FRO) of the state," states the Mizorams official state portal. Citizens of Afghanistan, China and Pakistan must also obtain permission to enter the country in advance from the Ministry of the Interior.

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