My pre-travel research\u00a0 told me that this is one group I must seek out and meet in Aizawl. All through the trip, in Aizawl, In Lunglei, in Thenzawl and in Sirchip, I\u2019d seen numerous retail outlets with typical Jewish or Israeli names.\n\nThe presence of these everywhere made me think that it would be easy to find the people and was putting off the \u2018finding-out\u2019 for another day.\nRight after the Chapchar Kut festival as I was walking back to the taxi with my English speaking guide Emily, I suddenly noticed this board :\n\nI told Emily I\u2019d like to meet them and we walked into the building and up the stairs to their office.\u00a0 She went in and came back with the news that the office people were in a meeting and would be free in awhile.\nAs I prepared to park my bags and get comfortable during the wait, a lady came out and welcomed us in. They had interrupted their meeting to receive us. (The hospitality and graciousness is such an endearing feature of North East Indians).\n\nThere were about ten people sitting on the benches facing the worship altar. (Please excuse any errors that may arise because of my ignorance of the correct vocabulary)\n\nOver tea and puris, the lady \u2013 the chairperson began telling us all about their people in the Mizo language and Emily intermittently translated her words.\nHere are a few things I learnt :\nThat these descendents are now spread over Mizoram, Manipur, Tripura and Myanmar and number about 200,000.\nThat DNA testing was done a few years ago and the genetic lineage was established.\nTe Bnei Menashe or descendents of Joseph, Menashe and Ephraim travelled found their way to Mizoram along the following route:\nBC 722\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 :\u00a0 Israel\nBC 621\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 : Asuria\nBC 523\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 : Afghanistan\nBC 340\u00a0\u00a0 : Vietnam\nBC 320\u00a0\u00a0 : Japan\nBC 212\u00a0\u00a0 : Mongolia\nBC 5\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 : China\nAD 333\u00a0 : Tibet\nAD 1230 : Burma\nAD 1304 : Plainchin\nAD 1400 : Kallay Hills\nAD 1558 : Mizoram\nHere are a few pictures of the meeting room and the members.\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0 \n\u00a0 \u00a0 \u00a0\n\n\nFascinating cultural migration!\nBack to Mizoram Mosaic\njm\nMarch 2012\n\n\nThe post Bnei Menashe -The Lost Tribe of Israel in Mizoram appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.