Hmar - The Christian Tribe Of India
Hmar also known as Mhar or Mar are the dwellers of the North Eastern Part
of India. Hmars can be found in Meghalaya, Mizoram, Cachar, Meghalaya,
Chittagong Hill Tracts and Tripura.
Dimasas are supposed to be the aboriginals of the Brahmaputra Valley
ascending from the Himalayas with their roots connecting to mainland
China. The roots of Hmar find route to the place called Sinlung.
Sinlung is the ancestral home of Zonhnathlak. However the location of
Sinlung is still a controversy but not the roots of Hmar. Hmars eventually
left Sinlung which was once a democratic state.
The Hmars belong to the Chin-Kuki-Mizo group of tribes, and are recognised
as Scheduled Tribe under the 6th Scheduled of the Constitution of India.
They are medium statured usually 5-5.6 ft in height, sturdy, dark, haried,
brown eyed and are known for their bravery. India Manipur, Mizoram,
Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura have the major chunk of Hmar Tribe People.
The Modern Hmars :
The traditional dress of Hmar Tribe is colorful filled with bright and
radiant colors. Girls wear short skirts and the men coats and chongas.
The models have ramped up but these are not the normal ones. These are
the gentle ladies of the Hmar Tribe who have changed themselves
drastically with the changing time.
The Culture of Hmar
Hmars speak Hindi, English and Hmas language in their day to day life.
They are primarily Baptist and follow Christianity. They are the
cultivators as they make their livelihood from farming. These medium
statured people beleive in their hands and are known for their bravery.
But then with the changing times, one can find pretty educated hmars
working in various field and making handicrafts. The handicrafts made by
Hmars usually depict scenes of battles, adventure, love, victory and
Hmars still believe in their traditional arts including the folk dance
and folk songs which they play during their various festivals.