Prayer to the Prime Minister of Israel
OFFICE OF THE CHHINLUNG ISRAEL PEOPLE CONVENTION
Regn. No. 137/97
Subject : Prayer to the Government of lsrael for declaration and recognition to the world that the true identity of the decendents of Manasseh and Ephraim living in some part of the States of Mizoram, Manipur, Assam, Tripura under the Government of lndia and under the Government of Bangladesh, Myanmar Junta are the decendants of Mannaseh and Ephraim.
1. That the Chhinlung Israel People Convention,( CIPC ) is the Non-Government Organisation (NGO) having its Headquarter at Aizawl, Mizoram. The said organization was formed on 7th July, 1994 under the Founder and Leadership of Late Lalchhanhima Sailo.The main aim of the CIPC is for the unity and gathering lost tribe of Israel in north eastern part of India, Burma, and Bangladesh.
2. That Sir, you may also aware that some of the lost tribe of Israel were living in different parts of India as well as in the Lushai Hill, now known as Mizo in the State of Mizoram. Indian Jews are a religious minority of India. Judaism was as one of the first non—Dharmic religions to arrive in India in recorded history.
3. That in order to know the origin of the Mizos, as to whether they are the decendants of Manasseh and Ephraim, one needs to know in order to prove with the help of Researchers,etc..
(a) Firstly, the Researchers like Smti Zaithanchhungi in her book called, “Here, Israel” and Shri Hillel Halkin in his Research Book called “Across the Sabbath river.” are one of the sources from where the Mizos could be identified as the lost tribe of Israel. Besides these, there are many documents and writing in regards to the old customary practices of the Chhinlung Israel people -Mizos before the advent of Christianity.
(b) Secondly there is another versions as to how the ancestors of the Chhinlung people came to their present abode. According to this, the prince, who became supreme in China in BC 22l called himself the first Emperor “Shih Huang Ti”. He divided his country stretching from the great bend of the Yellow River to the area south of Yangteze into 36 commanderies. Each commandery had official subject only to the Emperor.The Emperor shifted people en masse. The most powerful families were brought to the capital to remain under his eyes. Brigands and never-do-wells were transported to far away places. He ruled according to Legalistic principles. He put TOTALITARIAN measures into practice in Ch’in state and help to establish the Ch’in dynasty as the first United Empire in Chinese history. All able persons were forced to render their services for the country and, as forced labour was the order of the day, it is most likely that the ancestors of Mizos might have occupied the caves for a considearable time because of which they were even known as “ Cave Dwellers”, “cave men” or sometimes as hill man. During their stay in Chhinlung caves, they could not do any cultivation or go out for hunting because of the fear of being detected by their enemies who were in search of them. So they had to live on wild fruits, roots and leafy vegetables. They could not make clothes, and wore animal skin. It is said that one day, the Chinese Army found out their caves and raided their hideouts. The ancestors of the Mizos who had been hiding in Chhinlung caves areas were chased out and driven to Burma. Under the Ch’in dynasty, as the Totalitarianism is came into existed, Books and Philosophies at variance with the thought of Ch’ins were eliminated.
The Chinese soldiers snatched away all their possessions. Here they destroyed the Leather Scroll (containing Ten commandments) of the Mizos and since then the Mizos do not have their own script. According to legends of the Mizos, the leather scroll of their ancestors were eaten by dogs. During those days, the Chinese normally referred people whom they did not like as “dogs”. So it might be presumed that their book was eaten by dog might be preferred to the Chinese soldiers.
(c) Thirdly, in conjunction to their habitat in China areas, how the ancestors of the Chhinlung Israel, descendant of Manasseh and Ephraim could visited the said areas, it is written in the Holy Bible- Apogripha, as per 2 Esdra Chapter 13: 41-45 verses as follows:-
“ The ten tribes (Israel) did not want to stay amongst the Jentails in that area, they went out to wards far east where no man dwelleth. They do hope and belief that they could follow strict RULES there, which they cannot follow in their land. When they tried to cross over the big Euphrates river; miracles has been performed by the Almighty by blocking the riven so they crossed the river without difficulty. Their intended place called Arzareth was very very far to the far east, they spend one year and six month on the way to reach there. They stayed there for long period. But they will come back to their home land at this later days, etc.”
So, it is not difficult to co-join from Israel crossing Euphrates river and proceeded towards far east, i.e. China by crossing Afghanistan, their migration continued eastward through Hindu Kush, until they reach Tibet and the Chinese border spending one and haf years on the enroute. Throughout this entire period, they are said to have possessed a Torah Scroll that was guarded by the elders and priests. From there they continued into China following the Wei river until they reached central China.They did sojourn there till they were driven out from China towards Burma. The Chhinlung people firstly stayed in Shan States of Burma. But due to heavy famine, they left the place and came down towards the southern western part of Burma to Chin Valley and Kabaw valley where the documents and old writings including planting of banyan trees (BUNG) at Khampat area could be found till today.
Besides these documents and writings, the old customary practice of the Chhinlung/Mizo people before the advent of Christianity proved many links of the lost tribe Israel in regards to many sacrifices, ceremony performed at the birth of a child, ceremony of marriages when the bride is to be escorted to the house of bridegroom at the appearances of stars, the preparation of dead body with our blood brother, the jewish people, etc. Researcher Zaithanchhungi had collected similar
customary practices more than 90 points in her Research Book. On the other hand, the name of Mannaseh was uttered in prayers and ceremonial sacrifices. Whenever they were to make any new
settlement or to undertake an adventurous exploits, they had to invoke Manmasi’s name. In times of great calamities like earthquake, they used to shout,” Be kind, be kind; we, the descendants of Manasseh (Manmasi) are here!”
As for the origin of this name, it is argued that it is derived from Mannaseh, the older son of Joseph, the eleventh and favorite son of Jacob in the Old Testament. To support this theory, let us quote one folk song as follows:
“Manasseh, you came crossing sea and rivers,
You came through hills and mountains,
You came all the way victorious through hostile countries,
Just to have good portion of meat;
Let the liver and the heart be yours, Manasseh”.
At the time of Khawpal sacrifice, the priest would say to the evil spirit “ What can you do against us? we are the descendants of Manasseh”
4. That sir, it is very interesting to note that as you aware of bamboo flowering every 50 years of cycle, causing great famine in the inhabitant areas of the Chhinlung-Mizo populated areas, is believed and an accepted facts by the Chhinlung Israel people -Mizos that “ God of Israel still remember his people and this is the sign of God that he still remember his people of the tribe of Ephraim and Manasseh_in the land where we now sojourn and lived. The God of Israel. God of Abraham, God of Isaac and God of Jacob, hide us and preserved us in this hilly regions physically and spiritually to be discovered in this last century as His people Israel.
5. That the lost tribe of Israel, do believe that this famineof every fifty (50) years of cycle is not a man made disaster, it is historical truth, a proven facts from time immemorial and this phenomena had happened only in the areas of the Chhinlung- Israel Mizos habitation.
6. That even in India,it was commonly known facts by the older politicians in India that the Mizos are the decendant of Manasseh. Before Independence, the Mizo tribes were known as Luz Israel . The Mirror Magazine published in London on 27th October, 1870 published as follows:-
“The nomadic Luz tribe of Israel, dwelling in the north east of British India, who had killed Dr. James Winchester who cut down his head and his own kid Mary Winchester about five(5) years old was captured and brought her to their home land at Luz hills”
On 19th August, l946, the then Prime Minister of India Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru had stated in the meeting at Shillong, now Meghalaya as follows —
“The Luz tribe of Israel, living in the north east are living in the boundary areas of India. They are not under any control of India, Burma nor Pakistan. Now they are forced to be govern under the British Rule. After Independence of India, Burma also an Independence country and when our own constitution has been made, the people living there would be known as NEW EDEN OF ISRAEL. They will no longer under the govern of Governor, nor any General which were not accepted by them.”
This topic was printed ouy in Mizo Language Magazine called ZONU Magazine in 1985.
Here in this connection, mention. may be 1nade that On 5th September, 1934 the then. British Government had made order to the Govt. of India, Burma and Pakistan that the boundary of their respective countries should be made it clear as soon as possible. In the month of February, 1935 the boundaries of these countries were checked and surprisingly the areas where the Chhinlung Israel People amounting areas 360 miles length, 260 miles wide, totaling 93,600 sq. miles. was found unpossessed by the three countries.
So the Draft was prepared and these areas was termed as THE OCCUPYING OF ISRAEL IS EXCLUDED AREA. When the Draft was sent to the British Government, after careful perused of the said Draft, the British Government would like to cancel the word ISRAEL and suggested to put it simply as EXCLUDED AREA. Accordingly the area, where the inhabitant areas of Chhinlung Israel people was known as EXCLUDED AREA. Today, the inhabitant areas of Chhinlung Israel people is still known as EXCLUDED AREA.
From the above circumstances, it may not be difficult to accept that the Mizos are the lost tribe of Israel since time immemorial. The CIPC had made it clear that the Mizos are the descendants of Manasseh,etc. Under the above circumstances and facts mentioned above, it is earnestly prayed by the CIPC that your sup port, recognition and declaration to the whole world to the effect that
the Chinlung Israel People, covering people living in some part of the States of Mizoram, Manipur, Assam, Tripura under the Government of India and.under the Government of Bangladesh,
Myanmar Junta who believes and declare themselves as the descendants of Manasseh and Ephraim are the children of Israel through their ancestor Manasseh and Ephraim.
To this day, the Chhinlung Israel People are having their own religious beliefs by embracing Judaism, and some are embrasing Beth Israel and some embraced Christianity as their religion.
7. That here mention may be made from the Holy Bible where the conditions of the lost tribe of Israel were recorded in many places. Only two points may be pointed out as follows:-
It is earnestly prayed for your recognition and to declare by the Government of Israel to the world that the Chhinlung Israel people- Mizos (including those who lived in different parts of Assam, Manipur,Tripura, Bangladesh and Burma who accepted themselves as the children of Manasseh and Ephraim ) are the decendants of Manasseh and Ephraim ( the lost tribe of Israel) so that under your leadership, the Chhinlung Israel-Mizos who lived scatterred in different parts of Assam, Manipur,Tripura, Bangladesh and Burma could re-unite having their true identity as a Nation that the CIPC are the decendant of Manasseh and Ephraim.
( C. LALHNUNA ) (C.B.Thlengliana)
Chhinlung Israel People Convention, (NGO)
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CHHINLUNG ISRAEL PEOPLE CONVENTION (NGO)