Vaiphei people

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Total population
c. 40 000 (India)[1]
Regions with significant populations
Northeast India, Burma
Vaiphei language
Related ethnic groups
Zomi  · Chin  · Kuki  · Hmar  · Mizo  · Simte  · Gangte  · Zou  · Paite

The Vaiphei are an ethnic group who inhabit the North-East part of India and Burma. Lt. Colonel J. Shakespeare (1887–1905), the first superintendent of the then Lushai Hills, referred to them as one of the Kuki clans of Manipur[2] and recognized as part of the Chin-Kuki-Mizo tribe by the state government of Manipur.[3] The group is originally from the Tan valley located in the province of northern Manipur.[4] The group speak the Vaiphei language and at the 1991 census the number of Vaiphei speakers was 26,185.[5] Each clan has a chief called ‘Upa’. The eldest son inherits his father's property. Considered to be the first among the kuki group to settle in Manipur and hence were included under the "old kuki" group based on arrival and settlement in the present borders of Manipur.


  1. ^ "Distribution of the 100 non-scheduled languages". Retrieved 2012-07-08. 
  2. ^ Shakespear, J. (2006). The Lushei Kuki Clan. Kessinger Publishing. pp. 148–149. ISBN 978-1-4286-2698-0. 
  3. ^ Tarapot, Phanjoubam (2003). Bleeding Manipur. Har-Anand Publications. p. 12. ISBN 978-81-241-0902-1. Retrieved 2009-09-03. 
  4. ^ K. S. Singh; V. Bhalla; V. Kaul (1994). People of India: national series. People of India. 3. Anthropologicla Survey of India. p. 1167. ISBN 978-0-19-563255-2. OCLC 67867100. 
  5. ^ Yamuna Kachru; S. N. Sridhar (1996). Language in South Asia. Cambridge University Press. p. 45. ISBN 978-0-521-78141-1. Retrieved 2009-09-03.