Author: B LalthanglianaPublisher: Publications DivisionYear: 2005Language: EnglishPages: 404ISBN/UPC (if available): 8123013094
The book has been written with a purpose to integrate the Mizos with the main land. It portrays the Mizo life and culture in such a way that it would invite new interest in Mizoram. The rich visual and verbal content of the book brings forth the complete picture of the Mizos in all their settings, their historical evolution, customs, beliefs, occupation, crafts and their present status.The Mizos, who are of Mongoloid origin had very little written document on their culture and folklore. It was penned mostly by British officers who were stationed at Mizoram (then called Lushai Hills) in the last part of the nineteenth century and the early twentieth century. The old records, though very valuable for reference do not cover all the aspects of Mizo culture and folklore.We, the Mizos are progressing in all spheres of life including Science and Technology. In this fast paced modern way of life, it seems that the present-day Mizo youths have somewhat forgotten their culture, tradition and the folktales of yore. Even otherwise Mizo culture and tradition somehow does not seen to get properly highlighted as the Mizos in general have adopted Christianity as their religion.
FOREWORDPREFACEINTRODUCTIONPART I - CULTUREMizo VillageMizo Family LifeThe Chief and His SubjectsSystem of CultivationClothingChildren’s GamesDomestic AnimalsCustoms of Entertaining GuestHow Tlawmngaihna Was Inculcated in the YoungValuable PossessionsFestivalsMizo DancesMizo Musical InstrumentsCustomary Apportionment of an Animal Killed in a HuntSa Aih CeremonyCommunal Fishing with Herbal ToxinsLife of the Young Men and MaidensMizo Marriage CustomsMizo Divorce SystemBone of Contention - Corpse or Sick PersonZawlbuk-Bachelors dormitoryZu-Intoxicating DrinksViews About Supernatural BeingsSacrificial Rites and CustomsObservance of head-Hunting of Enemies Rituals and CeremoniesLast RitesPART II - FOLKTALESINTRODUCTIONThe stag and the TortoiseThe fight between animals and birdsThalungiMan who sharpened swordsThe miserable boyThe tortoise and the monkeyChhawnlaihawihiA father who abandoned his tow sonsThe monkey’s flute and the bustard quailThe father of seven sonsThe egg and the stickNuchhimi and Hmuichukchuruduni The Bear’s PondSichangneiiChawngchilhiThe swing and the monkeySamdalaKelchawngiChhurburaChhura made a trip that ended in his own homeChhura wanted a blanket in daytime and axe at nightChhura had a fly to sellChhura escaped by using a simple ruseChhura swapped the houseChhura got wild potatoes of poor qualityChhura threatened to take away his half part of the mithunChhura lost the art of whistlingChhura became rich A stone that told liesTwo sisters went in search of cucumbersVanchungnulaMualzavataA horn that was curved like a spiralAihniaraWhite eyelid monkey had a stubble for its tail BuizovaRimenhawihiTlingi and NgamaThe chief’s daughter and a snakeWhy the dog did not have horns while the goat hadKawrdumbelaThe tiger and the frogRahteaSibuta and DariSawngkhara used charms to get a beautiful wifePi Hmuaki is remembered for the her songsVaichhuka and the strong manKungawrhi and the GoblinsRunginu and ThialteaChala and ThangiDuhmanga and DardiniSazaltepa and BakvawmtepuNgaitei saved her native villageUgly Chepahakhata became the spokesman of the MizoGifts from the Brother-in-lowOrigin of the Tuaichawng RiverTualvungi and ZawlpalaLalruanga the MagicianHlawndawhthangaLiandovaBIBLIOGRAPHY