Fact or Fiction: Life Beyond the Hills in Kalash

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About 14,850 feet above in the Hindu Kush range (Himalayas) lives an aboriginal tribe in the tract called Kalash or Kafiristan. This is an isolated remote tribe and considered to be there from the ancient times. If you want to go there you should have to ride several hours on horses or mules in the mountainous jungles because no road has the direct access over there.

Their way of living, eating, believing, mating, and even praying make them mythologically fictitious. They are Trinity believers and sacrifice many things for their gods quite similar the ancient Greeks used to do.

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You may have heard about the antediluvians who used to lustrate their sins and make their gods happy by different vacuous ways. Like by drowning one of their most beautiful girls into the river in case if they got raised a number of floods in a season. Almost the same rituals and customs of these people make their culture a rich, unique and fabricated.

Here are some top whimsical distinctions about Kalash:

Outdoor temple

Kalash people traditionally have an outdoor temple where they perform pray and all kind of acts to make their gods happy. Temple usually have a slaughter place where they sacrifice the goats and other animals for their gods.

The Temple sketch


Greek Influence

It is said that the Kalash people are the descended of Alexander the Great. On his moving towards Asiatic regions, some of his troops stay there and then the Kalash tribe came into being. Some historian said, before Alexander to be there, a tribe had always been living there and then some of his army men stayed with them and left their children there.

Besides, whatever been said or written about Kalash’s relation with Alexander, the DNA test deny it. And the interesting thing is that it all overlooked what DNA results show.

Sketch of an Emperor


Wooden houses

Their houses are more likely the caves. But the front of each house is the makeup of woods which on a broad view glimpse a wooden house. These medieval houses consist of two portions. The lower is a sturdy place and the upper meant for all other activities like sleeping, cooking, etc.

Sketch of a traditional wooden house


Red wine

Wine fermentation is an integral part of their activities. They purified a special kind of red wine from the grapes. Their way of vinification is also considered the way how the ancient greeks used to ferment the wine from fruits.

A wine bowl


Kalash tribe has a common space for females called Bashaleni. Whenever a mother needs to give birth she is set to live in Bashaleni during all the time until she gets the purity. Similarly, the virgin girls are also sent to live in Bashaleni during their days of periods until they get purity.

Kalash does not show dissimilitude between the opposite sexes. Male and female are not restricted to contact each other. They don’t mind and thought irregular of it.

Sketch representing a home



The most attractive part which leads this tale into the fairytale is the beautiful and bright women costumes. The black colored dress, embroidered with Limpet and cowrie shells make it a stunning robe.

Men wear the traditional cap and the children after the age of four, wear the small version of adult dresses.

Beautiful costumes sketch



Kalash celebrates three festivals in a year pronounced JOSHI, UCHAU and CAUMUS. All the festivals are observed by and according to the principles of their ancient gods. Each festival lasts for many days having a lot of amusements and festivities like Milk day, etc, etc.

Festival activities in the sketch



The special moments of what they called dance is also very special to them. Kalash men perform that dance in their celebrations around the ritual fire. Meanwhile, the women and children been the part of them by weaving the walnut branches in their hands.

This special dance end with a signal that is passed by the dancing participants. When they shout “Shaman” all the women and children drop their lobes in the air and that dancing season come to in the end.

Dance activity in the sketch



Marriage by elopement is very common in Kalash culture. Normally girls get marriage in a very little age and the husband who accept a bride, have to pay for (a cow or hundred goats, etc.) to marry her.

However, if the lady wants to replace her husband she may have to write the letter to the new husband. In the letter she have to show her interest in him and mention the price that the current husband is currently paying for her.

Afterwards, if the new husband is agree to adopt her, he may have to pay the double of what the current husband is paying for the bride.

Wedding ceremony in the sketch