tribe is found scattered in the Lushai
villages to the north of Aizawl
. About 200 years ago the Raltes lived mostly near Champhai
. Mangkhaia was an important Ralte chief there. He was killed in course of events following his clash with a Lushai chief. Mangkhaia
's memorial stone has been famous throughout these hills. The Raltes zealously maintained their individual identity and resisted absorption into the folds of the Lushais. As of today most Ralte clans do not specify their tribe and carry on with Ralte, which makes them the most populous group of clans in Mizo society. Ralte men are consider to be the most handsome in Mizo society.
Origin of the Raltes
Traditions has it that when the Ralte couple, Pu Hehua and Pi Leplupi came out of Chhinlung/Sinlung cave, they were chattering so much that it led God (Pathian) to believe that too many Raltes came out, which resulted in God closing the entrance of the cave. This, according to the Raltes, is the main reason for their low population. The Raltes trace their descent from Zahonga, the grandson or younger brother of Songthu (Chongthu). Zahonga was said to have a son 'Hongliana' (or Duhliana). Duhliana was said to have three sons viz. Phuluma , Lianluma and Lungluma. From Phuluma, the Buites, the Dulians( Khalas, Pauluts, Keivoms, Nungate etc.) , the Raltes, the Khautes, the Khiangtes, the Faihriams , the Khawlhrings etc. are descended. From Lianluma, the Suantaks /Thautes ( Sizang, Baite, Luangte, Sailo,... Read More