451. Vintage Chin knife from Bagan, Myanmar. Knife is topped with horn, and ensized brass. The case is covered in ensized brass, snake skin (probably Cobra) and fur. Over all length is approximately 18 inches. Age is estimated to be in the early 1900 and condition is very good overall.
Chin is one of the ethnic groups in Myanmar. The Chins are found mainly in western part of Myanmar in the Chin State and about a population of 1.5 million. They also live in nearby Indian states of Nagaland, Mizoram and Manipur and Assam. Owing to Mizo influence and Baptist missionaries' intervention, 80%-90% of the population are Christians. However, a sizable minority of the Chin adhere to their traditional tribal beliefs and Theravada Buddhism. Traditionally, the Chin were animists.
The Chin are one of the largest ethnic minority groups in Myanmar. The Chin people are Tibeto-Burman groups and they probably came to Myanmar, especially the Chindwin valley in the late 9-10 century A.D. Most Chin people moved westward and they probably settled in the present Chin State around A.D 1300-1400 A.D.
There are many tribes among the Chin people such as Lai, Tedim, Asho and Cho. Three major tribes of the Chin are Tedim, Falam and the Hakas. For want of a more acceptable common name they are usually called the Chin-Kuki-Mizo people, bringing together the three most common names for them whether given by outsiders or themselves. Bawn tribe in Southern Mizoram State and Bangladesh are descendants of the Lai tribe. This Chin, Mizo, Zomi, and Kuki people are scattered into three countries-Myanmar, Bangladesh, and India.