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Chakma Tea Stall People

This was the only teashop in that Sajuk village where we rested and had tea & water. The women holding a baby is the wife of the guy in the window who owns the shop. They are chakma. There are some 45 tribal groups in Bangladesh and among those chakma tribe is the largest. The Chakma (চাকমা), also known as the Changma (চাংমা), are a community inhabiting the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh, and India. History says that people of Chakma origin (called দৈংনাক Doingnak) are living in Burma, where they are known as Sak/Thet or Thek. It is said that they were taken by the Arakan king after a war with the Chakma king. A tribal group called Tangchangya (তঞ্চংগ্যা) are also considered to be a branch of the Chakma people.

 

The chakmas settled in Bangladesh long before the Modern state of Bangladesh created in 1971. During 80’s ethnic Bengalis migrated into traditional chakma regions which created tension between hill people and ethnic Bengalis across the Chittagong Hill Tracks.

 

Most of the chakmas follows Theravada Buddhism which has been practiced centuries. Several foreign and local missionaries tired to convert them into Christianities without any success.

 

Lens: EF-S17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

Camera: Canon EOS 40D

Location: Marishya, Khagrachori, Chittagong, Bangladesh

  

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Taken on July 10, 2008