Reang or Bru Tribes

  • Riang or Bru  are one of the 21 scheduled tribes of the Indian state of Tripura.
  • The Bru are the second most populous tribe of Tripura after the Tripuris.
  • The correct nomenclature for this ethnic group is actually Bru although the name Reang was accidentally incorporated by the Indian government during a census count.
  • The Bru can be found all over the Tripura state in India.
  • However, they may also be found in Mizoram, Assam, Manipur and Bangladesh.
  • Culture and religion
    • The marriage system is similar to other Tripuri tribes of Tripura.
    • There is no dowry system.
    • Dance is an integral part of Reang life.
    • The Hojagiri folk dance of Riang sub tribe is rather well known all over the world.
    • ‘Buisu’, not ‘bihu’ is the most popular festival of reang tribes.
    • The majority of the Reang belong to the Vaishnav school of Hinduism and claim Kshatriya status.
    • They are polytheists and believe in multiple Gods and Goddesses.
  • Language
    • They speak the Reang dialect of Kokborok language which is of Tibeto-Burmese origin and is locally referred to as Kau Bru.
  • Why in news? More than 30,000 people belonging to the Bru community, who fled from Mizoram to Tripura in 1997 in the wake of inter-community violence, are set to be repatriated to Mizoram - Reang or Bru Tribes

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