Plowing through Chin State

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This week the Roadies explore maybe the most inaccessible province of Burma: Chin State. They have rented special cars and local drivers to master the infamous muddy roads. The visited places like Tedim and Reed Lake, but the exact locations filmed remain to be seen.

At the time of posting, the crew is on its way back to a location with sufficient internet access to get the program on air. More pictures will follow soon.

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Travel Facts: Tedim (Burmese: တီတိန်မြို့; Official name Tiddim) is a town and seat of Tedim Township in Chin State in the northwestern part of Burma. The name “Tedim” was derived from a pool on the top of the hills that used to be twinkling under sun’s light, therefore, called “te (bright, shine)” and “dim (twinkling, sparkling)” in local Zomi language. There are four major parts or divisions in Tedim (inside Tedim town) such as Sakollam, Myoma, Lawibual and Leilum. It is the largest population in Chin State.They are known as Zomi.

Travel Facts: Situated between Chin and Indian mountain ranges, very close to the Indo-Burma border, Reed Lake, also known as Rih Dil (or Rih Lake), is 2,800 feet above sea level and has a 3-mile circumference. The lake is full all year round and turns a reddish color in December every year. An attempt to drain it was made during the British colonial period, but all the diggers were killed by an unknown plague! Chin people believe that all spirits have to pass through the lake and it was these spirits who disapproved of the attempt to dry it up.

Indeed the lake holds such significance as far as faith and traditions are concerned that the locals, and even people from India, believe that their ancestors’ souls are alive in the lake and go to pray there.

More general info on Chin State: Myanmarpedia. Doh Pyay Doh Myay will be aired first this Saturday January 24th at 17:30 at DVB TV.

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