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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 39. Chapters: Zou people, Kuki people, Dimasa people, Naga people, Meitei people, Reang, Mizo people, Garo people, Koireng, Bodo people, Angami Naga, Jamatia, Assamese people, Bodo-Kachari, Lusei, Vaiphei, Noatia, Hrangkhawl, Uchoi, Murasing, Koloi. Excerpt: The Zou people (also spelled Zo) is an indigenous community living along the frontier of India and Burma. In India, they live with and are similar to the Paite and the Simte peoples in language and habits. In Burma, Zou are counted among the Chin people. They are a hill people ("Zou" being translated as "lofty hill ranges"). In India, Zous are officially recognized as one of the 29 indigenous peoples within the state of Manipur, and are one of the Scheduled tribes. According to the 2001 Census, the Zou population in Manipur is around 20,000, less than 3% of the population. The community is concentrated in Churachandpur and Chandel districts of Manipur in North-East India. Zou cultural troupe in full traditional attireThe early history of the Zou people is lost in myths and legends; they claim an origin somewhere in the north, and some claim that they are originally the same as the Paite and were only separated at the end of the British Raj. Linguistic and racial evidence suggest the Indo-Chinese origin of the people. Linguists classified the Zou language as Tibeto-Burman, with only small differences between Zou and Paite. Perhaps one of the earliest recorded references to Zou as a people is found in the travel account of an Italian missionary, Father Sangermano, who resided at Ava and Rangoon from 1783 to 1806. In his memoir, Sangermano recorded his observation of the Zomis at the beginning of the nineteenth century A.D., writing: "To the east of the Chin mountains, ... is a petty nation called Jo . They are supposed to have been Chien ... These Jò generally pass for necromance...
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