Death ceremony of Kalash leader
CHITRAL: The death ceremony of the renowned Kalash figure of
Bumburate valley, Mirzamas concluded here on Tuesday who had died
peacefully in his home three days ago.
As per Kalash rituals, the dead body of Mirzamas had been placed in
the graveyard called madokzhall of Brun after the ceremony
continued for three days.
The people of Kalash community from the other two valleys had
thronged to Bumburate valley in large number to participate in the
ceremony as the Kalash people instead of mourning the demise of
their near and dear ones, make jubilation by drinking, singing and
dancing. The jubilation also contained aerial firing by
The deceased Mirzamas (The beautiful moon in the local language )
was an eminent personality known throughout the three Kalash
The deceased is said to be an affluent of the valley with landed
property, Mirzamas enjoyed popularity among his community as he
acted as qazi (religious leader) for more than two decades.
Javid Ahmed, social organizer of Ayun and Kalash valleys
Development organization (AVDP) said that known for his
hospitality, his house was opened to all and sundry visiting the
valley as his comfortable house in the heart of the valley provided
all the facilities to the guests.
“He was known to be an authority not only on religious matters of
the Kalash community but also about the history, traditions and
rituals of the community”, he said adding that the people from the
other two valleys also approached him in case of any complicity
arose in dogmatic affair.
Mr. Ahmed said that as many as fifty five goats had been
slaughtered for the festivities which were presented to the
participants along with cheese, honey and wheat bread for three
He said that the Kalash community exhibit their affluence and
wealth on the occasion of death by slaughtering more and more
number of animals to feed the guests.