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The name of this village, Atter Shisha (i.e. lit. 'Bottle of Attar Scent), originated, according to a charming local legend, when the Mughal Queen Nur Jahan was passing by en route to Kashmir and stopping at this location during her short stay, dropping an expensive and beautiful perfume bottle here; and thenceforth, this place was named after this bottle.
Atter Shisha is situated at an altitude of 1,425 m (4765 ft) above sea level and surrounded by refreshing green hills and it is situated on the New Naran Highway (Silk Route) towards China and 12 km from Mansehra city. It is well-cultivated, with considerable agricultural activity.
Population and people
The total population of Atter Shisha and its environs (a cluster of smaller villages and hamlets) was estimated to be 131,000 according to the Census of Pakistan, 2007. Hindko is the major language here, being used by 60.45% of the total population, while the users of other languages are: Urdu 26.05%, Pushto 8.20% and Punjabi 5.30%.
The Common dress of the people is Shalwar Qamiz,although government officials and students also wear trousers and coats. Turbans, Karakul caps and 'Patti' caps are worn by the people. Men often wear waistcoats over Shalwar Qamiz. Women’s dresses are also very simple and consist of Shalwar Qamiz, with Dopatta or Chadder scarves as head-covering.
The food of inhabitants of the Town is very simple. Maize, wheat and rice are eaten everywhere. Home-made Ghee and Lassi are also consumed by the rural folk.
Large majority of the population 60% depends upon agriculture for their subsistence. However, income from agriculture is too meagre to support the population. As a result, many of them have found work in other parts of the country or left for overseas. Other minor professions to which people have taken to, include those of cobblers, blacksmiths, goldsmiths, weavers, barbers, labourers etc.
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