DID YOU KNOW how ‘Mizoram’ derived its name and the legend behind its existence?

DID YOU KNOW how ‘Mizoram’ derived its name and the legend behind its existence?

June 10, 2017: Mizoram is one of the states of Northeast India, with Aizawl as its capital. The name is derived from Mi (people), Zo (hill) and Ram (land), and thus Mizoram implies “land of the hill people”. In the Northeast, it is the southern most landlocked state sharing borders with three of the seven sister states, namely Tripura, Assam, Manipur.  

A girl from Mizoram in traditional attire (Picture Courtesy: OK North East Facebook Page)

Like several other Northeastern states of India, Mizoram was previously part of Assam until 1972, when it was carved out as a Union Territory. It became the 23rd state of India, a step above Union Territory, on 20 February 1987.

The Highest waterfall in Mizoram, Vantawng Falls, Mizoram (Picture Courtesy: Mizoram Facebook Page)

The Mizos, so goes the legend, emerged from under a large covering rock known as Chhinlung. Two people of the Ralte clan, known for their loquaciousness, started talking noisily while coming out of the region. They made a great noise which leg God, called Pathian by the Mizos, to throw up his hands in disgust and say enough is enough. He felt, too many people had already been allowed to step out and so closed the door with the rock.

Aizawl FC’s home ground in Mizoram, India (Picture Courtesy: Sportskeeda)

History often varies from legends. But the story of the Mizos getting out into open from the nether world through a rock opening is now part of the Mizo fable. Chhinlung however, is taken by some as the Chinese city of Sinlung or Chinlingsang situated close on the sino-Burmese border. The Mizos have songs and stories about the glory of the ancient Chhinlung civilization handed down from one generation to another powerful people. It is, however hard to tell how far the story is true as myths and legends are, but orally transmitted from one generation to another and hence subject to manipulation.

TNT News with inputs from mizoram.nic