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Chin State

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Capital Hakha
Region Western
Area 36,018 km²
Population 473,000 (538,000 in 2005)
Ethnicities Chin, Bamar
Religions Christianity, Buddhism

Chin State is a state of Myanmar. Its capital is Hakha. Image File history File links Chinstateflag. ... Hakha (formerly called Haka) is the capital of Chin State in Myanmar. ... Chin (Burmese: ; MLCTS: ) is one of the ethnic groups in Myanmar (formerly Burma). ... The Bamar (Burmese: ; MLCTS: ; IPA: , also called Burman), are the dominant ethnic group of Myanmar, constituting approximately 68% (30,000,000) of the population. ... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Luther Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Archbishop of Canterbury · Catholic Pope Coptic Pope · Ecumenical Patriarch Christianity Portal This box:      Christianity is a monotheistic... Buddhism in Myanmar belongs to the Theravada tradition or the southern school. ... File links The following pages link to this file: Chin State Categories: GFDL images ... Burma is divided into 7 states and 7 divisions Categories: Myanmar ... Hakha (formerly called Haka) is the capital of Chin State in Myanmar. ...

There are 14 townships in the Chin State: Cikha, Hakha, Falam, Kanpalet, Matupi, Rezua, Mindat, Paletwa, Rihkhuadar, Thantlang, Tedim, Tuithang and Tonzang. Hakha (formerly called Haka) is the capital of Chin State in Myanmar. ... Falam is a town in north-west Myanmar near the eastern Indian provincial border of Mizoram. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Paletwa is the most western town ofMyanmar, 18 kilometres from the border with Bangladesh. ... Thantlang is one of 14 townships in Chin State. ... It has been suggested that Khuasak be merged into this article or section. ...


The Chin are made up of many sub-groups which although historically related now speak divergent languages and have different cultural and historical identities. The name Chin seems to be an exonym given by the Burmese and is of unclear origin - although 'basket' and 'friends' are the best contenders. These names are justified respectively by the fact that Chin are known for their weaving skills and have been in trade relations with the lowlands for many years.

Believe it or not, the term ZO is the most common name for the whole Chin people who are called by different names such as Chin, Zomi, Kuki, Laimi and others because the term "chin" does not even exist in any of their language or in history. The imposed name "chin" is just a politically based name given by other people without the consent of the people. Each tribe has its own name, e.g. Asho, Laizo, Zyou, Laimi, Zomi, K'cho etc. These terms could well be cognates, but each has its own pronunciation and sometimes its own meaning. Because of this it seems difficult to choose the particular pronunciation of one language to represent all of them.

The word 'Salai' is used for the first name of every Chin man, and 'Mai' for women.

The word 'Zo' is a historic and origin name for the so called 'Chin' people who live in Myanmar, India and Bangladesh. They are also closely related to the Mizo of Mizoram (India).

The Chin form the majority of Chin State. Owing to missionaries' work over the last hundred years, a great deal of the population now identifies itself as Christian. A sizeable minority, however, adheres to animist beliefs and Theravada Buddhism. This article is in need of attention. ... Theravada (Pali; Sanskrit: Sthaviravada) is one of the eighteen (or twenty) Nikāya schools that formed early in the history of Buddhism. ...

For more cultural information about the Chin see: F.K. Lehman. 1963. 'The Structure of Chin Society;: A Tribal People of Burma Adapted to a Non-Western Civilization.' University of Illinois Press.

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Subdivisions of Myanmar
States: Chin | Kachin | Kayah | Kayin | Mon | Rakhine | Shan
Divisions: Ayeyarwady | Bago | Magway | Mandalay | Sagaing | Tanintharyi | Yangon

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