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(p1) Language of ancient Coochbehar along with that of North Bengal as well as of Rajbansi sect originated from Sanskrit. Use of original Sanskrit words and adaptations could be traced in the language.

Apart from ancient
Rajbansi-Kshatriya, Khyen (Sen), Kurisajjan (Modak) and others, people belonging to sects like Koch, Rava, Mech and Garo - all from Mongolian clusters, are residing in this region from ancient time.

Myths about origin of Koch language & culture :
  Four brothers namely Koche, Meche, Limbu and Lepche used to stay in the Bhutan mountains. In confrontation with other sects residing over there, the four brothers descended to the plains. Koche & Meche left behind signs of identification for the younger brothers. But the other two brothers took on the wrong track and traveled elsewhere. At the plains eldest brother Koche started living in the region between the  
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(p2) Myths continued ...
rivers of Sankosh and Raidak near Bhutan Ghat. That region of settlement comprised of present North-eastern part of Jalpaiguri district and North-western part of Assam. Later the Koch spread out in other places. At present the Koch used to reside mainly in the south-western part of Garo mountains, Goalapara and Alipurduar regions. The Koch do not reside in Cooch Behar district.

According to another myth the Koch used to stay previously at "Both Hachu" or Both mountain of Bhutan. After battle with Bhutias they shifted to Baukumari mountain on the east of Kokrajhar in Assam and started residing over there. The capital of the established state was "Kochranagar". Presently the Ravas also claim to belong to Koch sect. The Koch are divided into Owana (2b continued ....)

 Source  :- Translated from "Kochbiharer Itihas", 2nd edition (1988), by Shri. Hemanta Kumar Roy Barma, M.A.,B.L. ( ex-Nayeb Ahilkar of erstwhile Cooch Behar Princely State)

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