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Cynisca



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 14, 2006 2:40 am    Post subject: The Kalashi Reply with quote

Hi,
i'm sure there was a thread already, but I can't find it...so apologies...
As you know, the Kalashi of the Hindu Kush, are said to be the descendents of Alexanders men, even Alexander himself...
I found these two videos.....
Part 1
Part 2
look at the hat the men are wearing - there is virtually the same hat worn in an Aigai-Vergina fresco..and this is Alexander...
I'm not sure where the painting originally came from....
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joanna



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 17, 2006 4:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Kalas the GREEKS of the HIMALAYAS.

The other day there was an interesting documentary on the Greek Sat.Tv
about them and I found it very interesting. You can't imagine how Greek some of them look like. It's amazing. They differ in appearance from the other people in Pakistan, believe me They even greet using a word similar to the Greek one. Yes, amazing, indeed.


I copied a part in another site about them as it also mentions a Greek couple (I saw them in the documentary) who went there and managed to build a school, an educational center in general, for the Kalas. The post is old, now the center is ready and well equipped.

You know, I would like to go there to see these people. What do you think, shall we go? Very Happy
Ok, you can think about it Very Happy . Here is the part I copied:

[05] KALAS TRIBE IN PAKISTAN HAS GREEK SCHOOL, BUT NO DESKS, FUNDS NEEDED
Thessaloniki, January 21 (MPA)
The Kalas tribe, Alexander the Great's descendants in Pakistan, may have been given a school recently thanks to the benefaction of the Greek educational community, but instead of sitting on school desks, they make do with the cold cement floor.
The Kalas, known as the Greeks of the Himalayas, are a tribe whose culture brings to mind ancient Greece, with similarities in language, religion, rituals and even the hippocratic methods in medicine. Perhaps most importantly, the name Sikander Azam - Alexander the Great- is the strongest link with their splendid ancestry.

In the summer of 1994, a Greek teacher from Athens, Athanasios Lerounis, had travelled to Pakistan for mountain climbing where he met the Kalas. The idea to establish a school for the tribe was his own.

"They didn't ask for money, they only wanted a school so that they wouldn't lose their culture," Mr. Lerounis told the Macedonian Press Agency.

The project started from scratch. Upon his return to Athens, Mr. Lerounis secured a permit from the Education Ministry and, with the aid of other Greek organizations, the Kalas school was built in Pakistan's Kracal, at an altitude of 2,200 meters above sea level near the Indian Caucasus.

The school has five classrooms with 56 students, but no desks. The Greek academic community continues the fundraising efforts for the Kalas and a bank account has been opened at Agrotiki Trapeza, acc. number 4180100655769. A.F.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 17, 2006 6:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've just seen the videos, Cynisca. You're right about the hat. The muslims call the Kalàs pagans as the they make their own wine and women have freedom. Did you notice the faces of some small girls at the school? They do look Greek.

"Such poor people but culturally wealthy". Well said!
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