Culture and Folklore of Mizoram

Culture and Folklore of Mizoram

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Item Code: IDF985
Author: B. LALTHANGLIANA
Publisher: Publications Division, Government of India
Language: English
Edition: 2005
ISBN: 8123013094
Pages: 404 {27 colour, 20 B/W Illustrations}
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 8.7" X 5.6"
Weight 660 gm
Foreword

The Mizos, who are of Mongoloid origin had very little written document on their culture and folklore. It was penned mostly by British officers who were stationed at Mizoram in the last part of the nineteenth century and the early twentieth century. The old records, though very valuable for reference do not cover all the aspects of Mizo culture and folklore.

We the Mizos are Progressing in all spheres of life including Science and Technology. In this fast paced modern way life, it seems that the present-day Mizo youths have some what forgotten their culture, tradition and the folktales of yore. Even otherwise Mizo culture and tradition some how does not seen to get properly highlighted as he Mizos in general have adopted Christianity as their religion.

Keeping these view points in mind a systematic and thorough study of Mizo Culture based on authentic facts is required in order to educate the youths of today about the ancient Mizo culture and tradition.

The author of this book attempts at highlighting the social and cultural aspects of Mizo life not only in North East India but also in the adjoining areas like Myanmar and Bangladesh.

This book which is based on well-researched facts is seemingly different from all such similar writing elsewhere. The approach to the book is appropriate and highly commendable.

I am confident that this book will prove an invaluable source of knowledge for those who are interested in Mizo culture, history and folklore. I also hope that this book will go a long way in integrating the Mizo state with the rest of India.

Dr. R. Lalthangliana
Minister,
School Education Environment
and Forest, Mizoram
Chairman
North East
School Education Minister's Committee

From the Back of the Book

The book has been written with a purpose to integrate the Mizos life and culture in such a way that it would invite new interest in Mizoram. The rich visual and verbal content of the Mizos in all their settings, their historical evolution, customs, beliefs, occupation, crafts and their present status.

The author of this book, Shri B. Lalthangliana, a well known historian and Lecturer has described the facts of Mizo life and culture in a simple, lucid and racy style. Through this book the world will definitely know more about the Mizos and Mizoram.

CONTENTS
Foreword ii
Preface iv
Introduction 1
Part I: Culture
1 Mizo Village 54
2 Mizo Family Life 56
3 The Chief and His Subject 61
4 System of Cultivation 88
5 Clothing 110
6 Children's Games 114
7 Domestic Animals 120
8 Customs of Entertaining Guest 124
9 How 'Tlawmngaihna' Was Inculcated in the Young 128
10 Valuable Possessions 133
11 Festivals 138
12 Mizo Dances 146
13 Mizo Musical instruments 153
14 Customary Apportionment of an Animal Killed in a Hunt 164
15 Sa Aih Ceremony 174
16 Communal Fishing with Herbal Toxins 185
17 Life of the Young Men and Maidens 192
18 Mizo Marriage Customs 204
19 Mizo Divorce System 216
20 Bone of Contention-Corpse or Sick Person 228
21 Zawlbuk-Bachelors Dormitory 238
22 Zu-Intoxicating Drinks 248
23 Views About Supernatural beings 257
24 Sacrificial Rites and Customs 271
25 Observance of head- Hunting of Enemies Rituals and Ceremonies 285
26 Last Rites 297
Part II: Folktales
Introduction 311
1 The stag and the Tortoise 317
2 The fight between animals and birds 318
3 Thalungi 319
4 Man who sharpened swords 321
5 The miserable boy 322
6 The tortoise and the monkey 323
7 Chhawnlaihawihi 324
8 A father who abandoned his two sons 326
9 The monkey's flute and the bustard quail 328
10 The father and the seven sons 329
11 The egg and the stick 333
12 Nuchhimi and Hmuichukchuruduni 333
13 The bear's pond 335
14 Sichangneii 336
15 Chawngchilhi 338
16 The swing and the monkey 340
17 Samdala 341
18 Kelchawngi 343
19 Chhurbura 344
20 Chhura made a trip that ended in his own home 346
21 Chhura wanted a blandet in daytime and axe at night 347
22 Chhura had a fly to sell 347
23 Chhura escaped by using a simple ruse 348
24 Chhura swapped the house 348
25 Chhura got wild potatoes of poor quality 349
26 Chhura threatened to take away his half part of the mithun 349
27 Chhura lost the art of whistling 350
28 Chhura became rich 350
29 A stone that told lies 352
30 Two sisters went in search of cucumbers 352
31 Vanchungnula 353
32 Mualzavata 356
33 A horn that was curved like a spiral 356
34 Aihniara 358
35 White eyelid monkey had a Stubble for its tail 358
36 Buizova 359
37 Rimenhawihi 360
38 Tlingi and Ngama 362
39 The chief's daughter and a snake 364
40 Why the dog did not have horns while the goat had 364
41 Kawrdumbela 365
42 The tiger and the frog 367
43 Rahtea 367
44 Sibuta and Dari 369
45 Sawndkhara used charms to get a beautiful wife 371
46 Pi Hmuaki is remembered for her songs 372
47 Vaichhuka and the strong man 372
48 Kungawrhi and the Goblins 375
49 Runginu and Thialtea 377
50 Chala and Thangi 378
51 Duhmanga and Dardini 379
52 Sazaltepa and Bakvawmtepu 380
53 Nagaitei saved her native village 380
54 Ugly Chepahakhata became the spokesman of the Mizo 381
55 Gifts from the brother-in-law 383
56 Origin of the Tuaichawng River 385
57 Tualvungi and Zawlpala 386
58 Lalruanga the Magician 389
59 Hlawndawhthanga 395
60 Liandova 399
Bibliography 403
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