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Indigenous Sports

Inbuan »
The most popular game of the Mizos is Inbuan, a spectacular traditional sport. Though its origin is unclear, it is believed that it originated among the "Fanai" tribe.

It is not a group sport. It involves only two people where each one tries to get both feet of their opponent off the ground. Although strength and a well-built body are important, skill is most essential. A person with a higher skill level can defeat even bigger and stronger opponents easily.

Inkawibah »
This game is found only amongst the Mizos and is played with a kind of nut called "kawi". Played mostly by the girls, it can be played by a number of players at a time.

The number of kawis used has to be the same as the number of players. The players are usually divided into two groups where one group will play first. While one group places the "kawi" in an upright position, the players in the other group try to hit the kawi that has been placed. When they miss the kawi, it is the turn of the other group to play the game.

Insaihrui Pawh »
Like most of the Mizo games and sports, the origin of this game is also unknown but it can be said that it is unique and it originated in the Mizo community.

A game of strength, it can be played as a group as well as by two persons. If only two persons play it, a long and strong rope is required. It is similar to the game of tug-of-war but it is different in the sense that both the ends of the rope are made noose like and put around the neck of both the participants.

A line is drawn in the middle of each participant and they have to try to pull each other across the line using their neck and body. As a group also it is played in almost the same way but here a knot is made in the middle of the rope to which ropes are added according to the number of participants.

Insukherh »
This is another game unique to the Mizo community. It is usually played using a "suk" which is a kind of rice grinder about five feet long used by the Mizos. However, strong and thick bamboos of similar length can also be used.

Played only by the men, it is a test of the strength of their wrists and hands. Two people can play this game where each one holds either end of the pole with their hands touching each other. Each one then tries to turn the pole in the right direction without letting their hands slip. The one who can turn the pole in the right direction is the winner.

Insuknawr »
Also known as "Insukhawlh", it is played by two persons using a wooden rice grinder called "suk" about five feet long.

It is played to test the strength of a person. The wooden pole or "suk" is placed under the right armpit of each participant and each one tries to push the other about three paces back. Then they change sides and do it again.


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