UMD 2 : A Threatened Identity

Social Structure and Traditional Leadership in Cho Chin Society before Christianity

Salai Myochit—himself an ethnic Chin—conducted a focused ethnographic study on several Cho communities in Chin state. He set out to record the oral history of the Cho Chin people prior to their conversion to Christianity in the 1960’s and 1970’s. More than just a cultural archive, this research provides insight into the social structure and leadership rituals of a subsistence, community-based society and people with unique practices of status and power, conferred by the possession of the ox-like mithun. This research is especially precious now as these rituals and practices are under serious threat from modernization, globalization, and the government policies of today’s Myanmar.

Publication date : December 2016
Price : 200 Baht / 7 US$