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AN ANALYSIS OF THE ETHNO-LINGUISTIC ROOTS AND CONNECTIONS OF THE CHAKMA-TANCHANGYA PEOPLE

AN ANALYSIS OF THE

ETHNO-LINGUISTIC ROOTS AND

CONNECTIONS OF THE

CHAKMA-TANCHANGYA PEOPLE

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The Chakma and Tanchangya are two tribes with very little difference, aboriginal to the area of Chittagong Hill Tracts and the Rakhine state of present day Bangladesh and Myanmar respectively. Although the Tanchangyas are at times identified as a sub-tribe of the Chakmas, it is seen that Tanchangyas prefer to be identified as a distinct tribe. However in terms of their languages, their similarities are more than the differences and their dialects are almost always mutually intelligible. The main distinctness of the Tanchangyas come out more in their culture and dress. By religion both are Buddhist, but Tanchangyas follow many animistic practices, prevalent in their community prior to their conversion to Buddhism. For those who are familiar with tribes of north eastern part of India, the analogy of the relationship between the Chakma-Tanchangya can be best drawn to the Khasi-Jaintias (Khasi-Pnars) of the Meghalaya state of India. To continue…………………………………………………………………………………………..

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3 responses »

  1. thanks so much for your information.

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  2. JOY CHANDRA CHAKMA

    Thanks so much for bringing out a whole new dimension in your findings. I believe, there is still enough scope to bring it scientifically to a logical & rationale conclusion.

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