Kalash Tribe Celebrates Spring In Remote Mountain Valley

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Kalash Tribe Celebrates Spring In Remote Mountain Valley
A Pakistani policeman stands vigil during the spring Joshi festival of the polytheistic Kalash tribe May 15, 2008 in the remote Chitral village of Rumbur in northwestern Pakistan. The Kalash people, who number about 4,000, claim to be decendents of Alexander the Great and worship their own gods. The tiny minority group, in a Muslim nation of more than 165 million people, holds the annual Joshi spring festival to bring good crops and honey to its agricultural communities. The Kalesh are the remnants of the pre-Islamic culture called "Kafiristan," what the Muslims called "land of the unbelievers." They are connected to the rest of Pakistan by a single road, and lack phone service to the outside world.
(May 15, 2008 - Source: John Moore/Getty Images AsiaPac)
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