The Zomis are a group of tribes who were historically referred to as Kukis or Chins. They belong to the Tibeto-Burman group of Mongoloid race and occupy the trans-border region of India and Myanmar. They mainly settle in Manipur, Mizoram, Assam, Nagaland and Chin State of Myanmar. The major tribes of the Zomis are Tedim, Paite, Zou, Simte, Vaiphei, etc.
The Zomi forefathers are rich in traditions and culture relating to festivals, dances and rituals apart from customary practices. Since their conversion into Christianity, they gradually abandoned most of their ritual sacrifices and festivals. They eventually lost many of their dance forms. Their festivals, rituals and dances were in one way connected to one another as they were usually performed together. Today, they still maintain some of their festivals and dances, which conveyed their old belief and agricultural activities. Though we are unable to focus on the dances here, we examine some interesting festivals and rituals, which were relevant in the past Zomi society. It is an attempt to study the Zomi traditional values, some of which are still current in these days.
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