Kalasha Valleys

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Kalash
Commune
Kalash is located in Pakistan
Kalash
Kalash
Kalash Valley
Coordinates: 35°42′2″N 71°41′29″E / 35.70056°N 71.69139°E / 35.70056; 71.69139Coordinates: 35°42′2″N 71°41′29″E / 35.70056°N 71.69139°E / 35.70056; 71.69139
Country Pakistan
State NWFP
District Chitral District
Area
 • Total 456.58 km2 (176.29 sq mi)
Elevation 1,128 m (3,701 ft)
Population (2003)
 • Total 9,000
 • Density 20/km2 (51/sq mi)
Languages
 • Official language kalash
Time zone PST (UTC+5)
Website http://www.kalash.org/

The Kalasha Valleys (Kalasha-mondr: Kaĺaśa Desh) are valleys in Chitral District in northern Pakistan. They are inhabited by the Kalash people, who have customs and language which are quite different from their neighbours, and historically have had a different religion. There are four main valleys. The largest and most populous valley is Bumburet, reached by a road from Ayun in the Kunar Valley. Rumbur and Acholgah are side valleys north of Bumburet. The fourth valley, Birir, is s side valley of the Kunar Valley south of Bumburet.

Religion[edit]

Religions in Kalasha Valleys
Religion Percent
Polytheism
  
87.7%
Catholicism
  
7.3%
Islam
  
2.3%
Hinduism
  
2.7%

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