International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

The Kalasha Woman Today
Elizabeth Mela – Athanasopoulou

This article is about the role of the Kalasha woman as a vital member of the family and the community she is living in. I will show that it is not only the Kalasha dresses and headdresses that distinguish all the female population from girlhood up to old age, but mostly and particularly their cheerful faces and freedom in making major decisions about their own lives and the welfare of their people. Therefore, an attempt will be made to document their appearance, their attitude and their way of living, as accurately as possible based on a fieldwork1 study I conducted in April – June 2007 and August – September 2009 in the valleys of Bumburet, Rumbur and Birir, on the northwest border of Pakistan, where these wonderful people live.

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