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Origin Migration and Settlement of the Chiru Tribe

Author Affiliations

  • 1 Department of Anthropology Manipur University, Manipur, 795003, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 4, Issue (11), Pages 48-51, November,14 (2015)


Chiru is one of the indigenous tribes of Manipur that has its own culture, tradition, legends, folklore, folktales, folksongs, languages, religion, beliefs etc. They show predominantly mongoloid features, and speak Chin-Kuki language of Tibeto-Burman linguistic family. The Chiru shows affinity with other kindred tribes viz. Hmar, Kom, Purum, Aimol, Koireng, Puimei, etc. The core argument of this paper is that the conspicuous issues among the contemporary tribal people of north-east India are their ethnic identity and division. Knowing and understanding the origin, oral history, and oral literature of one’s own tribe is a must as it replicates the identity of the people itself. The paper is also an attempt to depict the facts about the nomenclature or the term “Chiru” and the related theory. This paper will also throw light about Chiru Tribe which will, hopefully, facilitate further research and study.


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