Mizoram

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Mizoram is a destination with much to offer, with its wide array of festivals and dances, handicrafts, flora and fauna, breathtaking natural beauty, and temperate climate. The Mizo are very friendly and hospitable. English is commonly spoken. The joyful enthusiasm and the gregarious spirit of the local populace has been the main reason for establishing some of the most attractive tourism features in this beautiful state.

Today, Mizoram is a mix of this cross-cultural vibrancy with 92 % literacy the second highest in India, a fact in which every Mizo takes genuine pride, gender equality and a vigorous pursuit of its ancient cultural traditions and social mores. Almost everybody in the state is a Christian by religion and yet haven't allowed their distinct Mizo culture to fade.

You will find women working everywhere in Mizoram. In fact a lot of shops are run and managed by women. Men tend to do more laborious work and jobs like taxi drivers, car/scooter mechanics, working in the fields etc. Women are respected for the most part and maintain equal standing with men. Smoking and chewing tobacco is very common in Mizoram. Many women too smoke, chew tobacco, betel leaf with areca nut and consume various tobacco products. Comfortable and decent western clothing is uniformly worn across the state and Mizo women dress up quite smartly with a makeup even in small villages.

Divorces are common but so are re-marriages. There is strong community and family support so there are few beggars to be seen in Mizoram. The crime rate is comparatively low and most Mizo houses in villages and small towns are unlocked. The society has traditionally been quite classless. However with steady economic growth, income stratification is beginning to occur which is affecting traditional social norms.

History

History often varies from legends. But the story of the Mizos getting out into open from the neither world through a rock opening is now part of the Mizo fable. Chhinlung, however, is taken by some as the Chinese city of Sinlung or Chinlingsang situated close to the Sino-Burmese border. The Mizos have songs and stories about the glory of the ancient Chhinlung civilization handed down from one generation to another.

It is hard to tell how far the story is true. It is nevertheless possible that the Mizos came from Sinlung or Chinlungsan located on the banks of the river Yalung in China.

All cities, towns and villages are located on top of mountains.This is because in earlier times, Mizo tribes used to fight with each other and to make attacking enemy's job more difficult, it was considered safer to create habitats atop a mountain. About 400 years back, similar strategy was used by Chhtrapati Shivaji Maharaj in Maharshtra when he built/acquired over 300 hill forts to fight successfully against Mughals and other tyrant powers in the region.