Sunday, 21 August 2011

List of Cultures of Kashmir

Kashur Culture

Kashur Culture can be found in Kashmir Valley and Doda Dist, Jammu Kashmir (IOK) also Neelum Dist, Azad Jammu Kashmir (POK).
The language Kashur people speak are Kashur which is pure ethnic Kashmiri unlike other people of Kashmir. Kashmiri language is a Dardic belong to Indo-Iranian family. This language is only one Dardic languages that has a literature.
Kashur speakers are ethnic Kashmiris, whereabouts other like Dogris, Pahari, Gilgits etc are nationality to Kashmiris.
Pheran dress are identity of Kashmir Valley and consider traditional dress of Ethnic Kashmiri people.


Dogri Culture

Dogri Culture can be found in Jammu, Jammu Kashmir (IOK).
The language they speak are Dogri which is Indo-Aryan language like Pahari Language. This language is also part of Indo-Iranian family.
Dogri speakers and Pahari speakers are strong similar language, both of them are consider same Western Pahari and similar to Punjabi Language.
Dogri Shalwar Kameez Style can be seen here, scroll down.


Pahari/Pothwari Culture

Pahari/Pothwari Culture can be found in whole Azad Jammu Kashmir (POK) and Poonch & Rajouri Dist, Jammu, Jammu Kashmir (IOK).
The language they speak are Pahari/Pothwari (Mirpuri, Punchi, Chibhali etc). They are also speak Hindko which is very similar to Pahari/Pothwari language. Those language belong to Indo-Aryan, under Indo-Iranian family.
Pahari Shalwar Kameez Style are very different from Punjabi & Pashtun shalwar kameez style. They usually wear long and thick colour-separate shalwar kameez with very long dupatta. This is due cultural and weather.


Gilgiti Culture

Gilgiti Culture are mainly found in Gilgit Region, Gilgit-Baltistan (POK).
They speak Shina and Khowar Languages, they are Dardic under Indo-Iranian Family.They are relate to Nuristan, Afghanistan.


Gajjar/Gujuri Culture

Gujjar/Gujori Culture can be found in Azad Kashmir, Western Jammu Kashmir. They live mix with other people such as Paharis, Kashurs, Dogris.
Their language called Gujori which speak by major Gajjars (Clan). They are also belong to Indo-Aryan, however this language is not sister-language to Pahari, Dogri and other Indo-Aryan languages. They are origined from Rajathan, India unlike Pahari, Dogri relate to Punjabi language.Their culture is very unique which is not same other Non-Kashmiri Gujjars such as Punjabi, Rajathani, Gujrati.


Ladakhi Culture

Ladakhi Culture are found in North-East Kashmir (Ladakh, Jammu Kashmir, IOK) and Aksai Chin (China). They are strongest Tibetan Culture which is also Baltistan too (POK).
They speak Ladakhi language which is not Indo-Iranian language but Sino-Tibetan Family like Balti language.Ladakhi (and Balti) are Tibetan of Kashmir.


Balti Culture

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Friday, 19 August 2011


The State of Jammu & Kashmir, universally known as Kashmir, is a distinct political and geographical entity before B.C with varying borders and sovereignty. In the heart of Central Asia, it is surrounded to the north by China, to the south by the diverse India and to the west by the Islamic Nations of Pakistan and Afghanistan. The total area of the State is 22, 22,236 square kilometers, which is bigger then many European countries. Godwin Austin namely K2 (8613 meters) is located in Kashmir. Kashmir is the origin point of many rivers and tributaries of Indus River Basin.

The majority population of the state is Muslims while Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs and Christians are other major religions which constitute about 20-25 % of the total population. The major languages are Shina, Burshuski, Balti, Laddakhi and Tibetan in the North and Kashmiri, Dogri, Pahari, Pothwari, Hindko and Gojri in rest of the state. The sovereign State of Jammu & Kashmir, which was existed on 14th August 1947, was formed with its current boundaries by Maharaja Gulab Singh after the Treaty of Amritsar, 16 March 1846 with the British Occupiers of the Punjab and India. Its known history starts before the birth of Christ with Buddhist King, Asoka the great of Maurya dynasty.

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Culture and Traditions of Kashmir

The culture and traditions of Kashmir, a region in northern India (India-administered Kashmir consisting of Jammu and Kashmir), northeast Pakistan (Pakistan-administered Kashmir consisting of Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan) and the Chinese territory of Aksai Chin.

The culture of Kashmiri is a diverse blend and highly influenced by northern South Asian as well as Central Asian culture. Along with its scenic beauty, Kashmir is famous for its cultural heritage; it amalgamates Muslim, Hindu, Sikh and Buddhist philosophies and has involved composite culture based on the values of humanism and tolerance.

The major languages are Shina, Burshuski, Balti, Laddakhi and Tibetan in the North and Kashmiri, Dogri, Pahari, Pothwari Hindko and Gojri in rest of the state.

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