“The Khasi community migrated from Central Asia”

SHILLONG, Jan 14: Hima Sohra secretary BV Rymmai, who wrote a book called Thymmei u Khasi on Friday, said the books he managed to read as well as the stories told by the ancestors revealed that the community Khasi since time immemorial had migrated from Central Asia and they had settled in this part of the world as early as the time of the Indus Valley Civilization.
Speaking to reporters on Friday, Rymmai informed that the Khasis settled in the northern part of India when they migrated to India.
According to him, the Khasis were forced to migrate from central India and settled in the foothills of the Himalayas after the Rajputs waged a war in the 7th century.
Rymmai, from the village of Khatarshnong, said he started taking the mother’s surname after the women refused to leave northern India when they were attacked by the Rajputs.
He said the Khasi men had in fact offered to allow women to give their children their clan names if they agreed to accompany them.
Rymmai also mentioned that the book Ki Sngi barim u Hynñiewtrep written by U Soso Tham and Dr. Homiwell Lyngdoh mentioned that the books they managed to read reveal that there is a tribe in southeastern Kashmir known as the name of Cosya or Khasia and he They are believed to be the grandchildren of Nagas who belongs to the Aryan tribe, who arrived in India.
The secretary of Hima Sohra said that the Khasis did not stay long at the foothills of the Himalayas as it was a region full of snow.
“We can base this fact after the Khasis named the Himalayas as Lumbah Makashang,” he said.
According to Rymmai, many writings suggest that the Khasis originated from the well-educated community since they were part of the Indus Valley Civilization.
“It is for this reason that the Khasis since time immemorial knew how to use gold and silver. We know that Khasi men also wore earrings similar to those of people living on the banks of the Indus,” he said.
The secretary of Hima Sohra also said that a group of Khasi tribe living in southeastern Kashmir went to reside in Japan and ruled the place while the second group of Khasi tribe decided to settle in the hills of Khasi.
Rymmai also mentioned that the late Dr. Bajubon Roy Kharlukhi, while speaking in one of All India Radio’s programs, said that the lifestyle of the Japanese people is similar to that of the Khasis.
He said that according to the late Dr. Bajubon, there are places in Japan that are similar to places here.
Hima Sohra’s secretary also referred to JN Chaudhury in his book The Khasi Canvas that Khasi’s seat was named Iewduh because there is a similar name in Japan where it was later renamed Tokyo.
Rymmai said the headquarters here has also been renamed to Shyllong, a name referring to the hill (Shillong Peak) which is close to the town of Shillong.

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