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Social Structure and Traditional Leadership in Cho Chin Society before Christianity
- tion taking place in Myanmar on multiple levels: social, economic, and political. In this series, RCSD hopes to realize the dual goals of both building up the body of knowledge on Myanmar and strengthening the research capacity of Burmese scholars in their study of de-
practice, as felt by the people and communities of Myanmar.
In this second volume of the series, Salai Myochit—himself an ethnic Chin—conducted a focused ethnographic study on several Cho communities in Chin state. With direct access to community elders and steeped in the cultural context that is the subject of his research, he set out to record the oral history of the Cho Chin people prior to their conversion to Christianity in the 1960’s and 1970’s. More than just cultural archival, this research pro- vides fascinating insight into the social structure and leadership rituals of a subsistence, community-based society and people with unique practices of status and power, conferred
rituals and practices are under serious threat from modernization, globalization, and the government policies of today’s Myanmar.
- gon University in 2010, and a second BA in Social Studies at the Liberal Arts program of
Democratic Party (CNDP) and has been working in the party secretariat since 2010.