Khyang people

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The Khyangs
Total population
2,345 (In Bangladesh)
according to the 1991 Bangladesh census
Regions with significant populations

Majority populations in Bangladesh.

In Bangladesh the Khyangs reside in Rangamati Hill District of the Chittagong Hill Tracts.
Religion
Majority confess to Theravada Buddhism and also to Christianity

The Khyangs (Bengali: খিয়াং), are a community inhabiting in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh. The Khyangs are one of smallest ethnic groups in Bangladesh with a population of only 2,345 according to the 1991 census. They live in a few villages near Kaptai and Chandraghona in Rangamati Hill District. Some Khyangs also live in Bandarban District.[1] .

History[edit]

According to Khyang Chronicles, the Khyangs with their King entered Chittagong Hill Tracts when their kingdom in Burma was overrun by the Burmese. But afterwards the King decided to go back to Burma. But his younger queen being pregnant could not accompany him. Hence she was left behind with some followers and kinsmen. The present Khyangs are the descendants of this queen and her retinue. The Khyangs are Buddhists but some of them converted to Christianity during the British period. Most Khyangs today are under the Mong family or the "Royal Family" which is from Chandraghona from the Rangamati Hill District in Bangladesh.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Saradindu Shekhar Chakma. Ethnic Cleansing in Chittagong Hill Tracts. p. 39.