Khyang people

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

Majority populations in Bangladesh.

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

Khyang is the exonym of the Hyow. The Khyang or the Hyow (Bengali: খিয়াং), are a group of indigenous people inhabiting in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh and the Rakhine State of Myanmar. The word Khyang originated in khlɔng (see VanBik, 2009: 3-4), which means person in the language. The endonym Hyow means Chin. The Khyang are one of the smallest ethnic groups in Bangladesh with a population of only 2,345 according to the 1991 census. At present, the approximate number of the Khyang in Bangladesh is 4500. They live in Kaptai and Chandraghona in Rangamati Hill District and in Bandarban Sadar, Thanchi and Rowangcchari upazila in Bandarban District.[1] . In Myanmar, they live in the Myebon, Minbya and Ann townships of the Rakhine State.

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 Khyang are the descendants of this queen and her retinue. However, the literature of the Burmese history tells that the Khyang migrated with the Marma from the southern Myanmar in the late eighteenth century.[2][3] The Khyang have two groups in Bangladesh: Laitu and Kongtu. The Khyang are Buddhists but some of them converted to Christianity during the British period. Most Khyang 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. 
  2. ^ Phayre, A. (1883). History of Burma, including Burma proper, Pegu, Taungu, Tenasserim, and Arakan. From the earliest time to the end of the first war with British India. London: Trübner & Co. p. 172. 
  3. ^ Brauns, C.; Löffler, L. (1990). Mru: Hill people on the border of Bangladesh. Berlin: Birkhäuser Verlag. p. 30.