coverage is coming to an end. There will be posts once in a while, obviously, and one final photo blog with more stories. On my 'last' post, let me tell you a few things I learnt in #Meghalaya
1. Meghalaya has 3 major regions, Khasi Hills, Jaintia Hills and Garo Hills.
2. Each region is home to Meghalaya's three major tribes: Khasi, Jaintia, and Garo respectively. Khasis are the main tribe and are scattered across the state.
3. The Khasi community in Meghalaya is one of the world's last few matrilineal societies. That means that property is given to the daughter, usually the youngest, descent through the female line.
4. The kids get mother's clan name. If a Khasi man gets married to a non-Khasi woman, she has the opportunity to start a new clan.
5. The new clan name will begin with 'khar' which implies 'outside.' My host in #Shillong
told me I could have started a new clan named Khar Colombo. Ha!
6. They are also matrilocal. The husband lives with wife's family after marriage.
7. There are men's activist groups in Meghalaya and a new bill is proposed to amend the matriliny, such as when a Khasi woman gets married to an outsider, she loses her right to property. Women (and some men) are fighting against it every single day.
8. Khasi is the main language, but there are so many dialects. The Sohra dialect is somewhat the officially accepted one. English is the state language. Hindi is not widely spoken.
9. While almost all the Khasi people I met spoke English (in different levels), none of them spoke Hindi, except for the host in my Sohra hotel who was a huge Bollywood fan.
10. Over 70% of the population is Christian, which makes December one of the best times to visit Meghalaya. I've been told that the vibe in December is pretty amazing.
11. The British gave the name Cherrapunji to Sohra but locals don't like it at all. So please avoid using the name Cherrapunji.
12. Shillong is the state capital, which is also known as "The Rock Capital of India." British called it the Scotland of The East, but it's just like another chaotic Asian city. Shillong has an electric music culture and a happening fashion scene.