16 Facts About Ahom people


Ahom people, or Tai-Ahom people is an ethnic group from the Indian states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

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The members of this group are admixed descendants of the Tai Ahom people who reached the Brahmaputra valley of Assam in 1228 and the local indigenous Ahom people who joined them over the course of history.

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Ahom people are found mostly in Upper Assam in the districts of Golaghat, Jorhat, Sibsagar, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia ; and in Lakhimpur, Sonitpur and Dhemaji .

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Tai speaking Ahom people came into prominence first in the Guangxi region, in China, from where they moved to mainland Southeast Asia in the middle of the 11th century after a long and fierce battle with the Chinese.

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Ahom people made peace with the Borahi and Moran ethnic groups, and he and his mostly male followers married into them, creating an admixed population identified as Ahoms and initiating the process of Ahomisation.

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The Borahis, a Tibeto-Burman people, were completely subsumed into the Ahom fold, though the Moran maintained their independent ethnicity.

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The rapid expansion resulted in the Ahom people becoming a small minority in their own kingdom, of which they kept control.

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Traditional social system of Tai-Ahom people was known as Ban-Mong which was related to agriculture and based on irrigation.

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The rest of the Ahom people gentry belonged to clans such as Chaodangs, Gharphalias, Likchows etc.

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The Ahom people script evolved from an earlier script of the Tai Nuea language which developed further under the present Chinese Government.

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Ahom people used to use a lunar calendar known as Lak-Ni Tao-Si-Nga with its origins in the middle kingdoms .

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At one time, the Ahom people built their house on stilts called Rwan Huan about two meters above ground level.

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The Ahom people religion started to decline since the days of Jayadhwaj Singha.

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The latest available census records slightly over 2 million Ahom individuals estimates of the total number of people descended from the original Tai-Ahom settlers are as high as eight million.

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The Ahom people script finds a place in the Unicode Consortium and the script declared the topmost in the South-East Asia category.

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Ahom people today are categorised in the other backward classes caste category; there is longstanding discussion and demand for Scheduled Tribe status.

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