BMC - Bnei Menashe Council
On the lush sub-tropical slopes of India's remote northeast, where the foothills of the Himalayas merge with the Arakan range, live a people with an amazing story. Called "Mizos," in the Indian state of Mizoram, "Kukis" in the adjacent state of Manipur, and "Chin" in Burma, the Kuki-Chin-Mizo descend from related tribes speaking different dialects of a common Tibeto-Burman language.
They trace their ancestry to a distant forefather named Manmasi, who came from a faraway land described in their legends as “rich and fertile." His name was traditionally invoked by them in times of crises and calamities. After an earthquake, for example, they would rush from their homes and shout, “We are alive, we are alive, the sons of Manmasi are alive!"