Kalash people live in three remote mountain valleys: Bumburet, Rumbur, and Birir.These valleys are opening towards the Kunar River, some 20 km south of Chitral city.Sometime artificial ornaments are also placed in her coffin.
The Kalash people have a distinctive culture which is completely in contrast with the other tribes living close by.In this photo Kalash women are standing outside the Bashalani to take the clothes for washing from their relative women inside the Bashalani. After one year a wooden statue is placed near the coffin in a ceremony to project the bravery of the dead man and his other good qualities.This ceremony is done in pomp and show followed by a feast.As hours of dancing reach a climax on the final day, men and women separate in dancing areas and each take branches of walnut to wave as they dance. According to Kalash religious custom, the menstruating girls and women are sent to live in a separate building, called the “Bashalani”, during their periods, until they regain their “purity”.At the shout of a Shaman, they throw their branches in the air. They are also required to give birth in the Bashalani where they are shifted during the last month of pregnancy. Kalash people leave their dead on a wooden coffin exposed to the weather and let it rot.