Inbuan wrestling

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Inbuan is a form of wrestling native to the people of Mizoram in India. Inbuan is said to have originated in the village of Dungtlang in 1750. It was recognized as a sport after the Mizo people migrated from Burma to the Lushai Hills.


It is thought to have originated in 1750 at the village of Dungtlang in Mizoram, India. It was recognized as a sport after the Mizo people migrated from Burma to the Lushai Hills.[1] From 1871 to 1940, boys would gather after evening meal in village dormitory and played Inbuan almost every night. It was also played ceremonially between villages when a sick or dead person's body is carried from one village to another, which was called Hlang inchuh or Mizawn inchuh.[2]


Inbuan involves very strict rules prohibiting kicking, stepping out of the circle and even bending of the knees.[1] The contest is held in a circle 15–16 feet in diameter on carpet or grass. The objective is to lift one's opponent off his feet while strictly adhering to the rules. The matches are held in three rounds each of 30–60 seconds of duration, the match generally continues till a wrestler either breaks a rule or is lifted off his feet.

Another feature of this form of wrestling is the catch-hold belt worn by the wrestlers around the waist. It has to remain tight all through the match.

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  1. ^ a b Target PT 2020 in 100 days: UPSC Prelims: day 70-90 MCQs. GRASP IAS. Retrieved 17 December 2020.
  2. ^ Material Culture of the Mizo. Firma KLM, on behlaf of Tribal Research Institute, Department of Art & Culture, Government of Mizoram, Aizawl, Mizoram. Retrieved 17 December 2020.

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