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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.[3] 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.[4][5] Many Pashai consider themselves Pashtuns speaking a special language,[6] and many are bilingual in Pashto.[2] 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[6], 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.[1]

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.[2]

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

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Taken on April 6, 2010