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Tuesday, March 8, 2016


In light of the above discussions, it is possible to conclude the life and culture of the Zomis as below:
In the first place the belief in spirits as the causality was the cause for making sacrifice to evil spirits. In the absence of medical service, they offered animals as sacrifice for healing of sick persons. The appeasement of spirits was the central point on their religious order that bring peace and well being on the sacrificer. That means human life has a connection with spiritual world that controls their day today life.
Secondly, they are homogenous group doing things in group. It is called “group above self” (Ngul Khan Pau 1996: 22). Society is given prominence above personal matters. They live in a principle of an English proverb “Unity is Strength.” Administration under the chief or the village headman was the source of strength. They could accomplish many of events that could not have been accomplished if they were not under a chief or a headman. Today, Village council serves the place of a chief or a headman in matters of administration with powers and functions conferred by the order of the government.  Administration is weak as powers given by the government are limited.  Today the Church serves as strong administrative institution in religious and social matters.  Men, women, and youth departments deal with most of social needs.
Third, they live in a life of interdependence on one another. They share food, house, money and energy in times of need. Kinship tie is maintained by a principle of “Zu Kholh” or “Niang Kholh” (offering zu or tea) to the father-in-laws. Christians still continue the practice of “Zu Kholh” as a sign of respect and honor using tea. The father-in-law prays for son-in-laws for blessing and good health which is highly regarded. Clan tie is also strong. If you belong to the same clan (Beh) you are regarded and treated as one family even if you have no consanguine or affinial tie.
Therefore, the Zomi cultural heritage has similarity with those of cultural heritage of central Asia especially south East Asia. For example, the use of name like Kim, Dong, Do, Khan, Lian or Lien or Lee, Thang, Suan or Yeun, Go, Cin or Chin, Zho or Zo, etc. Terms like these are commonly used among the Chinese, Koreans, Vietnamese, Cambodians, Japanese and Thais. It is the indication of the Zomi ethnic relationship with south East Asian people.
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