Safari in Style
Myanmar nationals have various modes of life peculiar to respective locality. Chin
nationals also have fantastic customs. Chin nationals are adept in safari.
They've astounding zest and zeal in this field.
Even when looking at Chin national folk dances, one can notice some enactments
at hunting. Chin traditional safari is the embodiment of zest and zeal,
tenacity, cooperation and unity. Whenever there is opportunity for such an
event, men folk muse, talk and prepare excitedly.
They sharpen their knives, spears and arrows, excitedly discussing ways and
means of the hunt. And also seek the advice of village seer. The seer consults
powers that be through an egg. The egg is cleansed then six vertical lines are
made with a sharp knife top to bottom.
A good piece of bamboo is lit and the amber pressed against the egg making
cracks. The seer is competent, it is believed, to predict from the nature of the
cracks on the egg.
The seer accompanies his predictions with instructions and warnings to be
observed in the outing. He also gives them amulets taken from the bamboo piece
used in the prediction. The hunting party then leaves with confidence and in
high spirit. Daily chores of a Chin woman include un-husking rice or millet with
wooden mortar and pestle.
Chin nationals are fond of traditional fabrics woven by handlooms. The
colours are blue, red, green, black and white. Water fetching is also part of
chores. Containers made of dried gourds are used to fetch water. In the
evening, the Safari party returns. Stopping a while on the approach to the
village, they let the whole village know their good luck by shouting and
hullabaloo. On reaching the village, an appropriate slice of the hunt is
forwarded to the seer. The whole evening, a chorus of recount on the day's feat
goes on and on, over a large pot of millet, wine of course.