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Tajikistan: A Magnificent Melting Pot of Folks


We’ve been travelling in Central Asia for a few months now, and particularly, a month in Tajikistan. We love assembly and connecting with the native folks of whichever nation we’re in and Tajikistan has some incredible folks! It’s a powerful melting pot of individuals from everywhere in the area.

tajik woman

What I discover most intriguing about this little nation is the variety of individuals residing right here. Do you know that Tajiks are descendants from the Aryan folks? Which means that they’re carefully associated to Iranians, which might clarify why we’ve been seeing Persian wanting folks with skinny noses, inexperienced eyes and light-weight’ish colored pores and skin.

girl in ishkashim

Throughout our time within the Pamir Mountains, the best way folks seemed appeared to vary with every day. From Osh to Murgab (and nearly all of the Jap Pamirs), the folks residing listed here are predominately Kyrgyz, who got here from the Alay Valley within the 18th and nineteenth centuries.

kyrgyz man in pamirs

After Murgab, we started to satisfy Pamiri folks, an Iranian group residing within the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Province (GBAO) of Tajikistan, in addition to Pakistan, China and Afghanistan. We needed to get a particular allow on our passports to have the ability to journey to the GBAO space of the Pamir Mountains, and are so glad we did. Not solely do the folks of this area communicate their very own language, however they observe a unique faith than different components of Tajikistan. This faith is known as Ismailism and is a department of Shia Islam. Amongst many variations between the 2, they don’t have any mosques, simply assembly halls for prayer.

women in the pamirs

From Kyrgyz to Pamiri to Wakhan folks! The folks of the Wakhan Valley, known as Wakhi folks, communicate a unique language than Tajiks, Kyrgyz and Pamiri folks. At present they dwell within the Wakhan valley of Afghanistan and Tajikistan in addition to in Pakistan and Northwestern China.

wakhan woman

Should you requested somebody residing within the GBAO area of Tajikistan the place they have been from, they’d first classify themselves by which valley they’re from (Wakhan, and so on.), then they’d say they’re Pamiri folks and at last that they’re Tajik.

The one factor that all the folks of the mountains have in frequent is their hospitality, friendliness and talent to endure the tough climates and excessive altitudes.

pamir kids

In the principle metropolis of Dushanbe, it’s a whole melting pot of individuals! Right here you’ll discover Russians, Tajiks, Uzbeks, Kyrgyz and foreigners from many different nations, together with America, India and nations in Africa. Mini-skirts and brightly colored headscarves stroll side-by-side. You’ll see brown, blonde, crimson and black hair. You’ll discover folks praying at mosques and sipping espresso in European cafes.

Though I want I may say that everybody will get alongside right here and residing in Tajikistan is stuffed with rainbows and lollipops for the native folks, it’s simply not the case. Clashes between clans, poor financial state (the common wage is about $1,200/12 months) and the shut proximity with Afghanistan (that means ties to the drug commerce and the spillover of Islam extremism) are all issues this little nation and its folks have confronted, and proceed to face.

tajik people

Even with all the hardships, the individuals are nonetheless variety and filled with smiles. The experiences we had with the native inhabitants of Tajikistan, irrespective of which ethnicity, race, faith or village they have been from, have been nothing however constructive. We have been greeted with hellos, invited into houses and handled like honoured visitors. We’ll depart this nation with fond recollections of hospitable folks and the good experiences we had with them.

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