Cell for KALASHA Studies

The “Kalash” is the most unique ethnic and religious minority of Pakistan has an outstanding universal value. Owing to this value, the Kalash culture has been listed by UNESCO for consideration as World Heritage Site. The Kalash Valley is located in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province and it lies 35° 41´ N; 71° 40´E at 2800 m elevation, an administrative part of District Chitral, 376 KM from Peshawar and approximately 500 KM from Gilgit.

The Kalash people have been living with the Muslims in this region for a long period of time, and had been under Muslim rule most of this period. In spite of being a small minority community, surrounded by the Muslims from all sides, they still are able to sustain their religious ideas and practices to display the most colorful way of living and celebrating their unique culture in modern world. On the other hand the Kalash do not have any solid ideological foundations. Their religious practices and customs are based on some mythological ideas along with nature, animal and ancestor veneration.