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Chin State Myanmar
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The more than 30 different Chin tribes
are one of the
biggest ethnicity in the country, their new
year festival is legend. They form the population of Chin State in North West. The differences between the groups are
mainly in the spoken language and different custom.
This is one of the least developed in the country, thus on the other side, makes it very interesting for an exploration trip, since this is a really exceptional experience.
The state has a very rough topology,
almost no infrastructure and most of the people walk over
unpaved road when they have to go somewhere borders are with Bangladesh and India at the west and
Rakhine state at the south, Magwe and
Sagaing divisions are at the eastern front.
deep valleys and no plains or plateaus are visible. Elevation
goes up to 3100 m at Nat Ma Taung or Mount Victoria in southern
Water comes in from India via the
river which joins Myittha river in Magwe division
which finally end up in the Chindwin in Sagaing
division. The Chindwin river is the main tributary to the
Ayeyarwady or Irrawaddy. All waterways in the
north are full of rapids and navigable by small boats
only would be the ideal tourist spot for
A pretty lake called
"Reh" near to the Indian border can be
reached from Falam by a four wheel drive off-road
vehicle. The border pass at Chikha is for local
people only. Shifting cultivation
and some attempts to terrace cultivation can be
spotted. Rice, corn, wheat and coffee beans are
Oranges, apples and other fruits
suitable for this climate are grown. Chin textiles are very well known and have
reputation for their good quality.
Sometimes hand weaving is
used. Ethnic groups are Chin, Bama,
Siyin, Matu , Simbhrin, Kumi.
The major income source is agriculture
but since this is developed on a very
low level only life
is hard here is some
The Chin are doing quite some tattooing
here. People think tattooing started around two
million years ago when our ancestors lost their
fur and soon after used their
skin as canvas. With
body painting they pursued mainly two aims: to
impress the opposite sex or to demonstrate group
membership. Women use body paint and decoration
to make themselves more attractive by impressing
visually. But while bones for a long time get
skin goes relatively quickly - and so is the
detection of permanent and temporary tattoos
paintings to provide difficult.
Somehow luckily the
rough terrain makes it difficult for poachers to
cut the trees that means there is still some
forest left and not so heavy cutting has been
done like in other areas of Myanmar.
other hardwoods are below about 1000 meters.
Above are oaks and pines. Since the people are
dependent on wood for cooking 'there is no
electricity or gas- the forests degrade
Roads are cut into
the mountain sides
and the rugged
nature of the landscape makes difficult anyway
to move around easily.
Chin girls usually walk
because the infrastructure is very bad,
I would say all guys and gals from the green
movements of the world would be at the
right place here, but had ever saw any of the
green bla bla maker do life what they are
preaching to other's ' We call this people, they
preach drink water but they drink wine.
To reach Palatwa town in the southern Chin from
Rakhine state is by small boats only via the Kissipanadi river.
There is a road from Kyauk
Taw (Rakhing state) but only suitable in the dry
season and the vehicle should be at least a
trucks. Kanpetlet in the south (Nat Ma Taung or
Mt. Victoria national park), Mindat and Madupi
can be accessed from central Myanmar.
north-south road connects Chikha in the North
(near to the Indian border) to Ton Zang, Tiddin,
Falam, Hakha, Aika and Madupi.
Kalay in Sagaing division is the gateway for
trucks moving passengers and goods.
Tourism is by tour operators, check with Myanmar
Explore in Yangon, they have lots of experience
and are good connected, actually some of the
employees are Chin and Naga.
Of the Chin who
lie upon the mountains
Myanmar proper from Arakan and Assam there are
two great divisions—the Northern and the
Of these the Southern Chin, living
as they do upon the narrowest portion of
their country, are of the least consequence.
They have yielded most to the pressure of
the Burmese on each side of them and
they are a sparse and disorganized people.
Chin have a
wider territory, known administratively as "
The Chin Hills." It consists of a much
broken and contorted mass of mountains
intersected by deep valleys and it is
utterly devoid of plains and tablelands.
Northern Chin have a strong tribal
organization and time has developed in each
of their tribes a separate idiosyncrasy. The
Chin is of interest
Myanmar are plenty and in the
very northwest are probably the least
developed , this are the Chin and Naga where
the last are a sub tribe of the first.
reveals the material out of which Buddhism
and civilization between them have evolved
the Burmese people ; the Chin in short is
the rough wood out of which the Burman has been
Here are some more pictures