Kohistani people

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Kohistani
Total population
Approx. 500,000[1]
Regions with significant populations
Kohistan District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Languages
Maiyã (also called Kohistani)
Pashto also spoken as second language[1]
Religion
Islam
Related ethnic groups
others Dardic peoples

Kohistanis are speakers of the Maiyã language, a member of the Dardic subgroup of the Indo-Aryan language family. They are located in Northern Pakistan (Indus Kohistan).

History[edit]

Inhabiting the region of Kohistan, the Kohistani formerly practiced Buddhism, until the 15th century, when the Kohistani started converting to Islam.[2] A Glossary of the Tribes and Castes of the Punjab and North-West Frontier Province thus notes that their neighbours, "The Pathans call them, and all other Muhammadans in the Hindu Kush valleys, Kohistanis."[3]

During the winter, the Kohistani people reside near their fields, while in the summer they migrate to camping grounds that are located 14,000 feet in altitude.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://www.sil.org/asia/ldc/parallel_papers/ju-hong_yun.pdf
  2. ^ Ahmad, Asghar (1986). Pakistan Tourism Directory. Holiday Weekly. p. 163. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  3. ^ Rose, Horace Arthur; Ibbetson, Sir Denzil; Maclagan, Sir Edward (1914). A Glossary of the Tribes and Castes of the Punjab and North-West Frontier Province. Government Printing Press Lahore. p. 472. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  4. ^ Thomas, David Hurst (1 January 1979). Archaeology. Holt, Rinehart and Winston. p. 128. ISBN 9780030199264.