entry picture


Nuristan, in eastern Afghanistan,  was formerly known as Kafiristan (کافرستان, "land of the infidels") until the inhabitants were forcibly converted from ancient Hinduism to Islam in 1895, and thence the region has become known as Nuristan ("land of illumination" - sic!)


The Hindu Kush

The mountains of the moon

The valleys where we lived

With the faeries and the spirits of the wood.


We bred the Shen - the bravest of the horse tribe -

Grew the scented root - the Yu-kin -

We had our coins - copper, silver, gold -

And our open-faced, beautiful women.


They dressed so colourfully in furs and wool

Loved as they wished

Changed their husbands on a whim,

Grew old in love and children.


We men, we carved our wooden

Statues for the temples,

Decorations for the birthing huts.

We grew much fruit and grain.


We had many, many gods -

Every day was sacred -

But the faeries cursed us,

Brought Abdur Rahman Khan,

With the plague of belief.


They burnt our temples and our carvings -

Fire destroys the wood

That only time can make -

And all, all we had, was gone.


Our beautiful women covered

Their faces in mourning

Many, many, many died

Even the red Kafirs converted

They called our land 'Nuristan'

'Land of the enlightened ones'.


Now only the black Kafirs remain -

The brave Kalash -

All else is dust -

This is what it is to be a man.



◄ Writ in water

My father's son ►


Profile image

John Marks

Sun 25th Aug 2019 00:55

The Kalasha (Kalasha: Kaĺaśa; Nuristani: Kasivo; Urdu: کالاش‎), or Kalash, also called Waigali or Wai, are a Dardic Indo-Aryan indigenous people residing in the Chitral District of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. They speak the Kalasha language, from the Dardic family of the Indo-Aryan branch. They are considered unique among the peoples of Pakistan.They are also considered to be Pakistan's smallest ethnoreligious group, practising a religion which some scholars characterise as a form of animism, and other academics as "a form of ancient Hinduism".

They are beautiful and Islamist fanatics are forcing them to convert to Islam - the religion of submission. It is a tragedy.

Profile image

Kate G

Sun 25th Aug 2019 00:24

My husband has done several tours there. A mysterious, wild place that steals a little piece of you.

Devon Brock

Sat 24th Aug 2019 23:38

This makes me reflect on the tamping out of the earth goddess centered matriarchies by the sun god patriarchies. I believe, through my reading that this also occurred in what is now Europe, by the ever mysterious Indo-Europeans, of which we can only theorize.


If you wish to post a comment you must login.

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

Find out more Hide this message