Chakhesang Naga

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Chakhesang
Total population
Approx. 131,000
Regions with significant populations
Languages
Chokri language and Khezha
Religion
Christianity
Related ethnic groups
Other Naga tribes

The Chakhesangs are a major Naga ethnic group found in the state of Nagaland, India.

Chakhesangs are the former Eastern Angami, who have separated from the Angami Naga tribe, and are now recognized as a separate tribe. It is a major tribe in Nagaland. Most of the villages of this tribes falls under the Phek District and Pfutsero,Chozuba sub-division of Nagaland. The tribe is basically divided into two groups known as "Chokri" and "Khezha". Originally Chakhesang consisted of three major sub-tribe, namely "chokri", "khezha" and "sangtam", from where the word chakhesang came from, taking the first syllable of each tribe namely "cha" from "chokri", "khe" from "khezha" and "sang" from "sangtam". Now Chakhesang consist of two major group "chokri" and "khezha" and one minor group "zhamai" or "zhavame", who belong to Poumai Naga tribe living predominantly in Manipur.

The Chakhesang tribes are mainly found in the Phek district of Nagaland, though two Chakhesang villages are in Ukhrul district, Manipur.

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