De­ci­pher­ing an Enigma

Southasia - - Editor's Mail -

The Kalaash Tribe of Pak­istan is a mys­tery to many but re­mains one of Pak­istan’s big­gest na­tional her­itages. The Kalaash peo­ple are only known for their unique cloth­ing and dances but few peo­ple re­ally know any­thing more than that. Their rit­u­al­is­tic fes­ti­vals and mys­ti­cal cus­toms re­main an enigma. The well-re­searched piece on the Kalaash tribe cer­tainly helped to draw at­ten­tion to their cus­toms, of bak­ing cer­tain types of bread, their cel­e­bra­tions and re­li­gious back­ground. This tribe rep­re­sents an an­cient cul­ture and is a sym­bol of pride for Pak­ista­nis. Re­moved and com­fort­ably iso­lated from ur­ban ar­eas, the tribe is able to en­sure that its cus­toms are pre­served through gen­er­a­tions. How­ever, as glob­al­iza­tion takes over, the tribe faces a sur­vival threat and so care and ef­fort must be ded­i­cated to pro­tect and ap­pre­ci­ate the Kalaash peo­ple and safe­guard their cul­ture and cus­toms. It is not only the work of the gov­ern­ment and or­ga­ni­za­tions work­ing to pre­serve the cul­ture and her­itage of Pak­istan, but is also the duty of in­ter­na­tional her­itage preser­va­tion agen­cies to be­come in­volved and save a part of Pak­istan whose beauty lies in the very enigma of its ex­is­tence. Mahvish Mehromjo

La­hore, Pak­istan

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