Took time out to watch two of the DVDs I recently borrowed from Surry Hills Library.
The first was a documentary about the Kalash of North-West Pakistan made in the mid 1980s.
The culture of Kalash people is unique and differs drastically from the various ethnic groups surrounding them. They are polytheists and nature plays a highly significant and spiritual role in their daily life. As part of their religious tradition, sacrifices are offered and festivals held to give thanks for the abundant resources of their three valleys. According to one of their legends, Kalash people are the descendants of Alexander the Great’s soldiers who settled and ruled the area after the expedition. Kalash people have similar mythology and similar rituals, games, feasts and dances as the people of ancient Greece. The following statement made by a Kalash named Kazi Khushnawaz indicates Kalash people main belief for the origin of their culture: