A young Pashai girl. Very distinctive colors an patterns, much different the Pashtuns in the valleys below.
"Pashai are a Dardic ethno-linguistic group living primarily in
eastern Afghanistan. Their total population is estimated to be
500,000. They are mainly concentrated in the northern parts of
Laghman and Nangarhar provinces and eastern Kapisa province. Pashai
are believed to be descendants of ancient Gāndhārī. Many Pashai
consider themselves Pashtuns speaking a special language, and many
are bilingual in Pashto. Small Pashai communities can also be found
in the Chitral district of northwestern Pakistan. The majority of
Pashai are Sunni Muslims and are often referred to as Kohistani,
while a minority are Nizari Ismaili Muslims."
She speaks Pashayi...
"Pashayi - also known as Pashai - is a language (or a group of
languages) spoken in parts of Kapisa, Laghman, Nuristan, Kunar, and
Nangarhar Provinces in Northeastern Afghanistan.
It belongs to the Indo-European language family, and is on the Dardic group of the Indo-Aryan branch.
It was spoken by over 216,842 people who are predominantly Muslim. Literacy rates are low: below 1% for people who have it as a first language, and between 15% to 25% for people who have it as a second language.
There are four main varieties, which are all mutually unintelligible: the Northeastern, the Northwestern, the Southeastern and the Southwestern."
Photos from our trip to Dari Noor