Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Chakma are the Indigenous peoples of Bangladesh.


Total population
0.7 million

Regions with significant populations
Mostly in Bangladesh and India
In Bangladesh the Chakmas reside in theChittagong Hill Tracts area. Mostly found in the following Indian states: Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura

Changma or Chakma

Theravada Buddhism

The Chakma

The Chakmas (চাকমা or Chakma ), also known as the Changma (চাংমা), are a community that inhabits the Chittagong Hill Tracts ofBangladesh and the North-East region of India. The Chakmas are the largest ethnic group in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, making up more than half the tribal population. Chakmas are divided into 46 clans or Gozas. A tribal group called Tangchangya (তঞ্চংগ্যা) are also considered to be a branch of the Chakma people. Both tribes speak the same language, have the same customs and culture, and profess the same religion,Theravada Buddhism.

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