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Kalash

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The word kalash or Kalash can mean:-

  • A people of northern Pakistan: see below.
  • In Hindu worship, a Sanskrit word for an empty container used as a symbol of space, which in Hindu belief is one of the 5 elements.
  • Kalash, a derivative from Kalashnikov, is used as a name for boys in some African countries.

Kalash is a word used by some Pakistanis to refer to the Kalasha, who are an ethnic/religious group in northern Pakistan. They are considered by many as the descendents of Alexander the Great's army. They are like the Nuristani over the border in Afghanistan, except they have kept their animist faith. They live in deep valleys, growing wheat, and have lush green trees. They wear coats and shirts and waistcoats and caps, and shawls, and dresses. They have a strong claim of being descended from the Greek emperor's warriors. The Kalash live by rapid laden rivers, and great scenery. Recently they have been trading more with the surrounding muslim communities, and have seen mosques built on their land.


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