Northwest Pashayi in Afghanistan

The Pashayi, Northwest have only been reported in Afghanistan
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Introduction / History

The Northwest Pashayi, also called the Laurowan, Pashai, and Pasyayi, are of the Kashmiri people cluster. They live in Afghanistan, mostly in the valleys of the Hindu Kush in northeastern Afghanistan. They tend to live in valleys located near major river systems. The Northwest Pashayi mostly live in the area between Gulbahar and Nuristan Provinces along the Alingar River, especially in the Alisheng Valley and the valleys that are north of Sarobi. It is believed that the Pashayi once inhabited the northeastern plains of Afghanistan; however, they were forced to move to the mountains as the Pashtun invaded their areas.Very few people actually refer to themselves as Pashayi, rather they call themselves Safi, Kohistanis, or Nuristanis.Pashayi, a Dardic language, is their primary language and has many dialects. The northwestern Pashayi speak the northwestern dialect of Pashayi, which is unintelligible to other Pashayi speakers. The literacy rate for their first language is less than one percent and the literacy rate for their second language is between five and fifteen percent.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Pashayi are mostly rice farmers, for those living at lower elevations, and wheat and maize farmers and herders, for those living at the higher elevations.Pashayi are tribal people. They are often led by a village council which is the authority on issues affecting the entire village. The council is composed of extended family members from each family unit. Personal disputes are left to be resolved by the individual who was hurt in some way, which often leads to feuds.The Pashayi value masculinity and honor more than anything else. To them the ideal man is one who is a proud warrior, loyal to his family, dangerous to his enemies, and always prepared to deal with a feud. Every Pashayi man carries a knife or a gun.The Pashayi culture has a rich tradition of songs and folklore which is passed down by oral tradition. Songs are often sung about their culture and traditionally, around harvest time, the young people in the village travel to other villages to sing the songs they'd composed throughout the year.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Pashayi converted to Islam in the late sixteenth century. They are Sunni Muslims. Many Pashayi have some Folk Islamic practices, and it is not uncommon for Pashayi men to leave their communities to study under Pakistani or Afghani holy men. There are shrines dedicated to saints throughout their areas. There are few, if any, known believers or churches among them. There are Christian audio recordings in this language.


What Are Their Needs?

The Northwest Pashayi people need to submit to Jesus Christ so they can experience the abundant life He offers them in John 10:10.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Pashayi, Northwest in Afghanistan.

Pray that the Northwest Pashayi people will have a spiritual hunger that will open their hearts to the King of kings.Pray for workers who are driven by the love and boldness of the Holy Spirit to go to them.Pray for a Disciple Making Movement among them to begin this decade.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-11-15
People Name General Pashayi, Northwest
People Name in Country Pashayi, Northwest
Natural Name Northwest Pashayi
Population this Country 98,000
Population all Countries 98,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
Alternate Names Laurowan; Northwest Pashayi; Pashai; Pashayi
People ID 14042
ROP3 Code 107474
Country Afghanistan
Region Asia, Central
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 2  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Kabul province: northwest of Kabul; Kapisa, Konar, Laghman, and Nurestan provinces; some in Nangarhar and Parvan provinces; Alisheng valley and others north of Sarobi.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Afghanistan
Region Asia, Central
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 2  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Kabul province: northwest of Kabul; Kapisa, Konar, Laghman, and Nurestan provinces; some in Nangarhar and Parvan provinces; Alisheng valley and others north of Sarobi..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Map of Pashayi, Northwest in Afghanistan Ethnolinguistic map or other map

Primary Language Pashai, Northwest (98,000 speakers)
Language Code glh   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Wadahu
Dialect Code 3338   Global Recordings Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Pashai, Northwest (98,000 speakers)
Language Code glh   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Wadahu
Dialect Code 3338   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Pashai, Northwest

Primary Language:  Pashai, Northwest

Bible Translation Status:  Unspecified

Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Primary Religion: Islam
Religion Subdivision: Sunni
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
1.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
99.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Map Source People Group location: IMB. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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