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Culture of Mizoram

Although the advent of Christianity brought about a big change, the colourful culture of the Mizos has remained intact. They have done away with animal sacrifices and drinking of the local liquor “zu” but have preserved the concept of “bride money”. All Christian festivals are celebrated with traditional gaiety. The well-known “Cheraw” or bamboo dance is just one of the numerous tribal dances of Mizoram. Predominantly an agrarian state, the dances and festivals celebrate an agricultural event like sowing or reaping. Very hospitable, the tribes also dance and sing to entertain their guests. Western choral singing has become very popular since Christianity became the main religion.

The traditional crafts of Mizoram are weaving and cane and bamboo work. The Mizo women weave intricate traditional designs on their looms. Worth mentioning are the shawls that have tribal clan motifs woven into them and are passed down the generations.

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