| Leave it to the dirty Pakis - Pakistan's Smallest Religious Minority Hit by Forced Conversion
| Saturday, April 16, 2016
|The community of 3,000 is polytheistic, speaks an Indo-European
language, and traces its origins to Alexander the Great’s army.
fair skin and light eyes, its members face an uphill battle to pass on
their culture as many move to the city for work. In 2008, they applied
to be added to the UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List, but so
far the government has been slow due to red tape. Islamabad (AsiaNews/Agencies) – The Kalash, Pakistan’s smallest
ethnoreligious group, are afraid that their distinct identity might
disappear as their youth convert to Islam.
Concentrated mostly in the Chitral valleys, the community of 3,000
applied to the UNESCO to be added to its Intangible Cultural Heritage
List in 2008, but remains mired in sluggish bureaucracy eight years on. For this reason, the Kalash Peoples Development Network (KPDN) issued a dire warning that the ethnic group is facing extinction.
The polytheistic Kalash have very distinctive features. With their
fair skin and light eyes, academics have speculated that they might be
descended from soldiers of Alexander the Great's army, which conquered
the area in the fourth century BC. They speak the Kalasha language, from the Dardic family of the
Indo-Iranian branch, and celebrate their gods through music, dance, and
alcohol, which they brew themselves.
Among them, the sexes mingle easily, marriage can be sealed with a
dance, and women are free to change partners, a far cry from the rest of
the country, where a strict Islamic code forbids such behaviour. Read it all here..................
HT : RoP
|posted by D.Swami Gwekanandam @ 7:58 PM