Khasia

Khasia, The (or Khasi) a Mongolite ethnic group is one of the major matriarchal tribes in Bangladesh. The Khasia’s descended to the Khasia hills and Jaintia hills from Cherapunji and Shilong regions. They migrated to Bangladesh from Assam where they came about five hundred years ago, presumably from Tibet.

The Khasi language is classified as part of the Austroasiatic language family. The Khasis first came in contact with the British in 1823. The area inhabited by the Khasis became a part of the Assam Province after the Khasi Hill States (which numbered to about 25 kingdoms) entered into a subsidiary alliance with the British.

The main crops produced by the Khasi people are betel leaves, areca nut, oranges, local Khasi rice and vegetables.

Though around 85% of the Khasi populace have embraced Christianity, a substantial minority of the Khasi people still follow and practice their age-old indigenous religion, which is known as Ka Niam Khasi and Niam tre.

Appx 1,00,000 Khasia people lives in Sylhet, Sunamganj, Maulvibazar, Habiganj etc districts in Bangladesh.