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Sunday, August 26 2012


So what is Attan? In one word it is a dance. But this is the dance of the Pashtuns; a people who according to some have formed the largest tribal society in the world. Since the dance in some cases also serves as a form of tribal identity, the large number of tribes and sub tribes is reflected in diversity in the various forms of Attans in practice. . . . Read More

Thursday, August 23 2012

It is said that all the credit of the beautification of the Hujrah goes to the Chillum, i.e., without it the Hujrah will be incomplete and dull. Men get together for their evening discussions, prepare a chillum or two, and pass it around as the night lingers on. . . . Read More

Sunday, October 18 2009

An innate sense of the essence of their culture sustained Afghans through 24 years of conflict and displacement. Although they continue to cherish the diversity of regional differences, individuals cling tenaciously to their national identity, upholding traditional values and customs that distinguish them from their neighbours. . . . Read More

Monday, August 31 2009

Intrepid and proud of their strength of arms, Pukhtoons are fond of field sports. In the early stage of his life, a child measures his strength with his compatriots in wrestling bouts called Parzawal. This is followed by other sports of a masculine nature. Later he goes on hunting excursions and . . . Read More

Folk Life of Afghanistan , Iqbal Ali Shah
Saturday, August 29 2009

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Folklore of Afghanistan , Margaret A. Mills & Abdul Ali Ahrary
Wednesday, March 29 2006

In Afghanistan in the 20th century, as in Persia until recently, a predominantly oral culture has long mingled with an established, elaborate literary tradition, both religious and secular, including prose and verse forms of verbal art. . . . Read More

Marhdaki , Waqas Ahmad
Wednesday, February 8 2006

Khado Khel; a small town with a population not exceeding more than one Lac, is situated some 90 kilometres away from Peshawar. A unique feature of its people is that modern amenities of life such as televisions have not affected their age-old traditions. . . . Read More

ټنګ ټکور ، محمد زمان اڅيکزئ
14 دسمبر 2005

د جنګ، جرګه، واده، کوزده، بنډار، نڅا، و اتنړ په دوران کښې هر چيرې په پښتونخواه کښې توره و توپک په غاړه، پښتانه د ټنګ ټکور په مرسته د ژوندانه غم غلطوي و بيا ډول و سرنا خو زمونږ په قامي ژوند کښې داسې سبازونه دي چه په بزم و رزم، دواړو ځايونو کښې زمونږ وينه ګرموي. . . . نور

Thursday, May 19 2005

A compilation of pashto origin names has been provided for both boys and girls. Where possible the meanings have been written along with written format in Pashto. New names can be sent to us using the available forms. . . . Read More

Thursday, May 19 2005

In fine arts, Pashtoons have committed themselves to the literature alone. Among the professions, they have adopted only Agriculture. Other professions are generally ignored by Pashtoons but professionals knowing Pashtoon mentality have created arts in which Pashtoon . . . Read More

Thursday, May 19 2005

The Pukhtoon social structure, which has attracted the attention of many a scholar is mainly governed by conventions and traditions and a code of honour known as "Pukhtoonwali". This un-written code is the keystone of the arch of the Pukhtoons' social fabric. It exercises a great influence on their actions and . . . Read More

So Culturally Rich , Sher Alam Shinwari
Wednesday, March 23 2005

ACCORDING to linguists, many languages of the world are on the verge of extinction due to a lack of government support for their development and increasing globalization, which causes a loss of ethnic identity . . . Read More

Wednesday, March 23 2005

Pashtoons possess a rich culture with all the ruggedness on the one hand and all the softness, romance and beauties on the other. The Pashtoon dances have been defined as a symbol of courage and heroism and present the desire and readiness of a tribe to go into a battle field. With heavy and insistent . . . Read More

Jirga - Speedy Justice of Elders , Dr. Mumtaz Bangash
Sunday, December 26 2004

The Jirga is one informal institution that has very formal effects on the Pakhtoon society in general and the tribal Pakhtoons in particular. It is dubbed the bulwark of liberty and independence in the Pashto-speaking world. "The Jirga, by which most community business, both public and private, is settled in the North West Frontier Province (and . . . Read More

Jirga and Restorative Justice , Sang-e-Marjan Mahsud
Saturday, December 25 2004

To do justice to the universally idolised and pregnant term of justice, I will like to dwell a little bit on its various connotations before coming to the core of the subject. In its widest sense, justice connotes to allow every creature to enjoy its due with a view to enable it to realise its . . . Read More

Flavours of Pashto Music , Dr. Raj Wali Shah Khattak
Friday, December 17 2004


Pashtoon is a unique nation. The Pashtoons are a romantic people and extremely love music but don't like musicians. This seems very strange on their part . . . Read More

د جرګې تاريخ ، روښان يوسفزئ
7 جولائي 2004

د ١٧٤٧ زيرديز کال د اکتوبر مياشت وه چې د افغان د بيلابيلو قومونو مشران دخپل مشر دټاکلو لپاره په شيرسرخ بابا زيارت کښې راټول شوى وو چې ددې موخې لپاره به هره ورځ دسحر نه ترماښامه دغه جرګه روانه وه چې هريو په دې فکر اوسوچ کښې ؤ چې بايد داسې يوکس ددې هيواد مشروټاکل شى. ترڅو د هيواد د عزت او لوړتيا ابرو او . . . نور

Swara: The Price of Honour , Zafar Ali Usafzai
Friday, February 20 2004

The customary act of Swara is largely prevalent in various parts of the country, by the virtue of which, instead of giving blood money as "badl-e-sulha" an accused family gives their girl or girls in marriage to an aggrieved family as "compensation" to settle blood feud between them. . . . Read More

Changing Dynamics of Pashtun Culture , Raj Wali Shah Khattak
Thursday, April 24 2003

Before presenting my remarks about Pashtoon Culture, I would like to say a few elementary things about Culture itself. The term "Culture" is in a sense a contemporary term and before 19th century, this term was not very vivid in the consciousness of the writers. However, this term has acquired great popularity during the past two centuries. . . . Read More

Monday, November 11 2002

Cotton and wool are the main material used in clothes and these are woven and dyed and made into garments by each family or group. Women wear the Chadri or Burqa, which covers a woman from head to foot with a latticed slit for the eyes, is made of cotton in shades of blue, brown, black. In the rural . . . Read More

Monday, November 11 2002

An attractive feature of the Pukhtoon way of life is the joint family system which signifies their deep love for the family's solidarity and welfare. The desire of communal life emanates from a consideration of economic security and integrity. All the family members, even . . . Read More

Monday, November 11 2002

By and large the Pukhtoons are deeply religious. The land of these highlanders has experienced the influence of religious leaders for a long time, who, after making their way into the mountains aroused the religious sentiments of the local people and rallied them under the banner of Islam against the enemies of their religion. Besides less . . . Read More

Monday, November 11 2002

The Pukhtoons are very social, humane and friendly. They share each other's joys and sorrows. Their sympathetic behaviour can be judged from the fact that they give more importance to participation in funeral processions than festive occasions like marriages. . . . Read More

Monday, November 11 2002

Wadah as a general rule, is arranged by parents in Pukhtoon society and the boy and the girl themselves do not play any role in the negotiations. This is because of the fact that Pukhtoons are conservative by nature Their conservatism coupled with strict segregation of sexes makes it impossible for a . . . Read More

Monday, November 11 2002

Throughout NWFP, the marriages are generally held or performed within one's own Beradari or tribe, but there are no restrictions on marriages out of the tribe or cast or Beradari. The trend to marry a girl outside tribes is increasing day by day due to increase in education in the rural areas and higher education in the urban areas. Usually the parents of the boy and girl . . . Read More

Birth Related Customs , Azim Afridi
Monday, November 11 2002

The expected advent of the child is kept secret as far as possible. The expectant mother is kept secluded and only an old woman proficient in midwifery or one or two female relatives are allowed to attend to her. The birth of a female child generally passes unnoticed but the birth of a male child is a gayful event . . . Read More

Monday, November 11 2002

Buzkashi is a game that dates itself into Afghan antiquity. The name Buzkashi, literally translated means "goat killing" suggest it was derived from hunting mountain goats by champions on horseback. Today the rider (or team) who is able to pitch a dead calf across a goal line first wins. The game . . . Read More

The Khattak Dance , Zulfiqar
Tuesday, October 22 2002

Men dressed in bright and colourful traditional costumes, waving glittering swords in the air and swirling to the drumbeats and tunes of surnai is what Khattak dance is all about. Controlled footwork and flexible body movements on fast drumbeats with instantaneous sword swinging by a troupe involving men of all ages makes Khattak dance distinct from other folk dances of the Pakhtoons. . . . Read More