No Conservation just Conversion?

The Kalasha Times Report

Kalash June 1, 2012. Things are going towards worst and worst instead of improve with the passage of time. Since last few decades Kal’a’s’a (Kalasha) religion, culture and tradition which is facing jeopardy stage of extinction due to threats from the biggest religions… of the worldimage. These to religions are playing a big role to protect Kalasha religion from extinction? Although some people think that Kalasha culture would be conserve but it’s not possible without solid work on ground. Will the developmental works on both sides of government and NGOs can conserve the Kalasha culture? Lot of construction work in progress, can that save it from extinction? In February 2012 ministry of national heritage and integration took an initiative to put Kalasha on world heritage list indeed it was very positive news and all the peoples in Kalasha valleys were really happy and expecting from government to make something more valid to conserve the Kalasha tangible and intangible assets. Was it successful? If not, then why? If NGOs and government department constructs new temples and community halls will these would be useful to conserve Kalasha culture? What do you think please take a moment and analyze such circumstance whether it’s important to sustain the Kalasha culture or vanished it forever? If it sought conservation then what would be the possibilities for conservation? While living in a state where Kalasha have no identity as a religion in official record of the state!

Its shame to say that our national media is presenting and propagating news which is not positive asking question will you marry new girl on this festival? Love marriage is common as the report says Kalasha people can take a girl without any resistance during spring festival giving wrong concept about Kalasha marriages. Here is a detail information on marriages

In old times the parents of both a girl and a boy arranged marriages. If a man wanted to ask for a girl for his brother or son he would kill a goat or sheep or bull and the agreement was made between the heads of the two families.

If a woman asked for a girl for her son she would put a necklace around the girl’s neck and the agreement was made between the women.

When the bride is brought to her husbands home by her parents or brothers or uncles the marriage ceremony starts straight away. In the start of the wedding ceremony “ishperi” is served to all. “Ishperi” is the religious term for a feast. The bride is given gifts mostly necklaces from the relative women of the groom. All sorts of people come to congratulate. Meat, cheese and wine are offered to the guests. Music is also arranged.

The next morning when the guests who brought the bride are about to go back, the groom’s family gives them gifts. And boys from the groom’s family carry them for the guests.

Love marriages are popular these days. A boy and a girl like each other and they marry. The boy just takes his girl to his own home or wherever he likes. But if the girl is brought home the marriage is celebrated as usual. 

It is said about certain people that they had married fairies. And their children were born in the world of the fairies. Although the fairies have no influence in the Kalash traditions still it is quite famous about many people who did not marry any human girls.

A girl or woman who does not like to be with her husband is called a “don wal’I.” This means a woman for whom you need to pay double. The person who marries this “done wal’I girl or woman has to pay the double of what had been paid for her the first time.

Long ago there used to be crucial fights between the men and their families on this matter. But now people have got used to it. Those people who’s daughters obey them and do not leave their husbands they given to are considered as good people.



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