Ralte people

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The Ralte tribe is found scattered in the Mizo villages to the north of Aizawl, India. About 200 years ago the Raltes lived mostly near Champhai. Mangkhaia was an important Ralte chief there. Mangkhaia was the son of Mangthawnga, a descendant of Lûtmânga. He was killed in course of events following his clash with a Lushai chief. Mangkhaia's memorial stone has been famous throughout these hills. The Raltes zealously maintained their individual identity and resisted absorption into the folds of the Lushais. They have their own language called ralte pau but as of today most Ralte clans do not specify their tribe and carry on with Ralte and (mostly uses Lusei dilect, also call as Duhlian tawng or Mizo ṭawng), which makes them the most populous group of clans in Mizo society.

The Raltes mainly divided themselves into four clans namely – Siakeng, Khelte, Kawlni and Lelhchhun.

(i)SIAKENG:- Engkai, Engkhung, Siakhang, Hilthang(Thangsiam, Damphut & Tukhum), Haizang (Chawnthang & Chawnchhin), Khumchiang (Chawngtual, Hmundin & Chhanzo), Hillu, Khelhau, Darkim, Manglut, Hnawtsut, Hnawtkhel, Khumtung, Lehvung, Thangbur, Tipawm/Kipawm, Chhakawm, Hauhniang, Chhuanhu, Zongai, Ailet, Hualkhung, Zaucha(Sawithang, Hauthual, Luahphung, Thawmlo, Hualthang, Kulsep, Seldam, Kaihlek),etc.

(ii)KHELTE:- Lutmang(Chiangkhai, Tualthang & Zahlei), Vankeu(Keuluk, Hauvawng, Chiangthir & Lawnghau), Thatchhing, Chhinghlu, Chhiarchuang, Hmaimawk, Hausel, Vangtual, Vohang, Vohlu, Zahlei and Zaucha.

(iii)KAWLNI:- Chalbawk(Kawlvawm, Chalchiang, Chalsawp, Chaltum, Chuangeng, Lawisut, Helhlah, Thasum, Thangkawp, Saphaw, Khonghawr, Hlamvel, Holut, Baleng, Bairek, Kawltung, Chalchung, Bungsut, Uikhawl, Arte, etc.) and Doubul {Renghang ( Rengsi & Rengngo)& Bungsut},

(iv)LELHCHHUN.:- Chhunthang, Chhiarkim, Vawngsual, Tunglei, Leihang, Hangdem, Chuanglawk, Thangbung, Hauphut, Selpeng, Hratchhum, Chhunghleh, Haudim,etc.