The origin of the Mizos
, like those of many other tribes in the northeastern India, is shrouded in mystery.
Facts and Legends
Folklore has an interesting tale to offer. The Mizos, so goes the legend, emerged from under a large covering rock known as Chhinlung
. Two people of the Ralte clan, known for their loquaciousness, started talking noisily while coming out of the region. They made a great noise which made their God
, called Pathian of the Mizos, to throw up his hands in disgust and say "enough is enough". He felt too many people had already been allowed to step out and he closed the door with the rock
. History often varies from legends. But the story of the Mizos getting out into open world through a rock opening is now a part of the Mizo fable.
Chhinlung however, is taken by some as the Chinese
city of Sinlung or Chinlingsang situated close on the Sino-Burmese
border. The Mizos have songs and stories about the glory of the ancient Chhinlung
civilization handed down from one generation to the other. According to Mr. K. S. Latourette, there were political upheavals in China
in 210 B.C.
when the dynastic rule was abolished and the whole empire was brought under one administrative system. Rebellions broke out and chaos reigned throughout the Chinese State. Then the Mizos left China as part of one of those waves of migration
. However this is pure speculation.
They first settled in the Shan State
after having overcome the resistance put up... Read More