- Asho is also a title given to Zarathushtra
Asho people, one of the eleven tribes of the Mizo people, are native to Arakan plains, plains of Irrawaddy and Minbu. They are much influenced by the Burmese in their daily life. They are well educated and having high profile jobs in the Myanmar government.
The native speakers of Asho language are around 10,000. The total population of the Asho people are around 4,00,000. In ancient Burmese scriptures, they are called Khyeng. They are also known as Plain Chin, as they are living in the plains of Myanmar. Unlike other Mizo clans, their main problem is communications among themselves due to distances between their villages, not the differences in their dialects.
Unlike other Mizo clans, many of them are Buddhist. The Christian missionaries also used Burmese script for writing Asho language. Mr. G. Witchead of Anglican Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, introduced the Latin script for writing and published Gospel of Mark in 1921. A Bible Society from Rangoon published New Testament in 1954 in Burmese script.
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In 1834, one Asho woman was baptised by Rev. Francis Mason, but her name was not recorded.
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- Mindat Bonein: History of Chin Hills. Rangoon. Sapay Beihman. 1976. p. 11.
- Vumson, Dr.: Zo History. Aizawl. 1987.