Hakha Chin state

The Hakha Chin State

About Hakha (Chin State) Although Hakha has been the Chinese state' s capitol since 1974, it is by no means a big metropolis - and is still a plain and unexplored place that reflects the state as a whole. Hakha, with its broad, powdery alleys, bed frames and striking cathedrals, sometimes seems to be planted from the US Old Western World. There is a lookout above Hakha from where you can see the whole village and the neighbouring hills - and often also a lot of native teens. It is located directly on the Gangaw highway and is a long stroll or a brief taxi/motorbike trip from the citycenter.

The Vumtu Maung Stadion on the eastern side of the city is another interesting point. Like most of the Chin state, the vast bulk of the Hakha people are Christian (more information on Myanmar's religious life can be found here). One of Hakha's characteristics is the colorful clothes the natives wears.

You can find a number of tailor stores in the city, as well as a number of stores where you can buy Chinese jewelry from the region. Situated at an elevation of 6,128 ft (1,867 meters), Hakha can get chilly, especially during the December and January winters. In Hakha, power can also be restricted to certain times of the night.

A larger choice of Hakha pictures can be found in our Flickr Photoset. Learn more about Hakha's tradition of textiles crafts in this Kite Tales blogs and about folk songs in our diary'Musical tradition in remote Chin State'.

Chin, Hakha in Myanmar (Burma)

Haka are one of many Chin groups in the Chin state in the west of Burma (Myanmar). Approximately 500,000 Haka are distributed over a large area, from the Chin state in the west of Burma to East Bangladesh and East India. The majority of Haka are peasant farmers who make a living from the sale of products and animals on urban centres.

Although once animist, they are now overwhelming Christians because they have been evangelised since 1899, the year American Baptist ministers first came to the area. The Haka have a flourishing Christendom that is well organised with Bible colleges, ministers and congregations. Haka-Kirche is self-sustaining. There' s a full Bible that has been converted into the Haka languages and was finished in 2005.

Although the Haka are self-sufficient, the Haka are quite impoverished. When constructing churches, they often need outside help. Sometimes ministers are also remunerated by non-Haka Christians. The biblical training for Haka Christians is usually in English, as there is a shortage of material in Haka.

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