Tedim
Tiddim (Hai-Dim)
Zomi nam
Total population
380,000 (2014)[citation needed]
Languages
Zomi language
Religion
Majority: Christianity
Minority: Laipian, Buddhism, Judaism, Aminism
Related ethnic groups

The Tedim people, also called Tedim Chins[1][2] and Teddim (Hai-Dim) people,[3] are a Zo tribe, part of the Chin people, primarily inhabiting the Tedim Township in the Chin State of Myanmar. They speak the Tedim language, a northern Kuki-Chin language.

The Tedim people were early adopters of the Zomi identity, founding the Zomi Baptist Convention in 1953, after a careful discussion of nomenclature.[4] According to Khup Za Go, most people called "Chins" by the Burmese do not recognize that name as their identifier, and also feel the Burmese use of it to be abusive or degrading.[5] However, the Burmese government never accepted the term "Zomi" and most outsiders do not recognize it either, and so "Chin" is often added to the label "Zomi".[6]

The Bible was translated into the Tedim language in 1983, although the New Testament had been translated into and published in it in 1932.

References

  1. ^ Kamkhenthang, H. (1988), The Paite, a Transborder Tribe of India and Burma, Mittal Publications, pp. 7–8, ISBN 9788170990703, Paite (pronounced as Paihte) is a term used in India whereas Tedim Chin is the term used in Burma for the same people after Independence from the British.
  2. ^ Jimmy Leivon, Manipur: Zomi tribes organize peace rally demanding Zoland Territorial Council, The Indian Express, 25 November 2019.
  3. ^ "Composition of the Different Ethnic Groups". Archived from the original on 10 April 2020. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
  4. ^ Go, Zo Chronicles (2008), pp. 185–187.
  5. ^ Go, Zo Chronicles (2008), p. 184.
  6. ^ Johnson, Robert (2006), On the Back Road to Mandalay, Xulon Press, p. 180, ISBN 9781600347351
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