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Comment by KASU on February 14th, 2015 at 11:40 am

I think Ainu people are much closer to Assamese and NE Indians. A book published in 2008 “TONKORI” explains their cultural and linguistic similarities. Also, the Assamese language has about hundreds of words similar to Ainu languages. Eg:-
“kara” in Ainu means to do
“kora” in Assamese also means the same.
“nei” of Ainu has similar uses of the “xei” in Assamese.

nei ainu
xei manu

“Meko” means cat in ainu whereas “Meko-ri” means the same in Assamese.
The musical instruments used by Ainus are also similar to some Assamese instruments like “Tonkori” which is “Tokori” in Assamese.Sword called “Emush” is similar to Assamese/Ahomese sword”Heng-Dang” There are also words which are similar to those used in Tai-Ahom(Extinct language),Tai-Khamti, Bishnuparia, Khasi, Sanskrit, Khampa, etc.

Comment by Jennifer Tanabe on February 14th, 2015 at 4:02 pm

Thank you, Kasu, for your feedback. Indeed, the origins of the Ainu have been unclear and remain so, with a variety of backgrounds being possible.

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