Nung Rawang

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The Rawang people are an ethnic group who inhabit far northern Kachin State of Burma (Myanmar). There are one D'rung family and several Anung families found among Lisu tribe people in Arunachal Pradesh in India. They speak and write in their own language. The Anung population mixed with Lisu tribe people in China is estimated about 20000.But In Myanmar, officially Anong is considered as one of the sub-tribes of Lisu family. Besides, every Anong people in Myanmar announce themselves as Lisu. And the first language of Anong people in this age is Lisu language. Lisu people called them Nocpha because they, Anung people once served Lisu Nuo clan. Lisu tribe people once ruled these northern most part of Burma, and the Lisu ancestors collected taxes from Nung Rawng tribes in dried meats and crop until shortly after the British came in. Taxing by the Lisu tribe on Nung Rawng tribes ended when the Lisu warrior Mikaw Xala and his followers were killed by Rawang men at Maykha river around 1855. The languages of Rawang, Nung, Drung and Tibettan are closely related.

Kachin legends variously record the Nung-Rawang were the first of six brothers from whom the main Kachin families are descended. According to cultural research and their own oral traditions, the Nung-Rawang are most likely Mongolian descendants who moved south from the Mongolian steppes to the 3 river region (Mekong,Yantzi,Salween)of China. During the second millennium,the Nung-Rawang migrated south west into the Himalayas at the top of Burma, seeking fertile farm lands. They settled in some of the most remote valleys and mountains in all of Burma. The Nung-Rawang are a proud, peaceful, industrious, agriculturally based mountain people known for their stability, hospitality, and colourful traditions. Living in the beautiful and isolated regions of northern Burma, they have also become prosperous through the plentiful supplies of jade and gold in their region. During the British colonial period, their very existence was thought to be a myth, as incoherent reports of "pygmy tribes" in the mountains of north Burma surfaced from time to time. The Drung, a sub tribe of the Nung-Rawang are short in stature, and are known for their crossbow hunting skills, and an extensive anthropological study has been initiated on this remote ethnic group by Dr. P. Christiaan Klieger of the California Academy of Sciences, since 2001.


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Nung Rawang and Rawang are different, presently. Both the Nung and Rawang have their own dialects. Nung is not usually associated with the Rawang, as they have different cultures. Most of Nung tribe people live closely with Lisu tribe people. There are a few Nung families living in India together with the Lisu tribe people and about 2000 population in Myanmar among Lisu villages. They have no their own churches even thought they now possess their own bible book in their own language.