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Pashayi, Southwest in Afghanistan

Pashayi, Southwest

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
105,000 Pashai, Southwest Islam 0.01 % 0.00 % Not available Not available   

Pashayi, Southwest in Afghanistan

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Introduction / History
The Southwest Pashayi, also called the Tagau, 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 Southwest Pashayi mostly live the Tagau Valley, north of Sarobi, northeast of Kabul.

What are their lives like?
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 Southwestern Pashayi speak the Southwest 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.

It is believed that the Pashayi once inhabited the northeastern plains of Afghanistan, but were forced to move to the mountains as the Pashtun invaded their areas.

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 lead 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. The idea of an ideal man among the Pashayi is a man who is a proud warrior, one who is loyal to his family, one who is dangerous to his enemies, and a man who is always prepared for a feud if necessary.

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. Most Pashayi men carries a knife or a gun.

What are their beliefs?
The Pashayi converted to Islam in the late sixteenth century. They are Sunni Muslims of the Hanafite sect. 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. Shrines dedicated to saints are found throughout their areas. An extremely small percentage of the population claims to be Christian adherents.

What are their needs?
Although the physical needs of the Pashayi are staggering, they pale in comparison to their spiritual needs. There are no known Christians among the Pashayi or the Southwestern Pashayi. Few Christian resources are available in their languages, and no Christian missions agencies are permitted to enter Afghanistan, except as relief workers.

Prayer Points
* Ask the Lord to save key Pashayi leaders who will boldly declare the Gospel to their own people.
* Pray that evangelistic literature will soon be made available to the Pashayi.
* Ask God to send medical teams and humanitarian aid workers to minister to the physical needs of the Pashayi.
* Pray that the laws in Afghanistan which restrict the preaching of the Gospel will soon be changed.
* Ask God to raise up prayer teams who will begin breaking up the spiritual soil of Afghanistan through intercession.
* Pray that strong local churches will be planted among the Pashayi.
* Pray for translation of the Bible to begin in this people group's primary language.
* Pray for the availability of the Jesus Film in the primary language of this people.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2012-11-16
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Country: Afghanistan
Continent: Asia
Region: Central Asia
Persecution Rank:3 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Total Provinces on file:3
Location in Country:Northeast of Kabul, and in Kapisa province; north of Sarobi, Tagau (Tagab) valley.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
   
 
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People Name in Country: Pashayi, Southwest
People Name General: Pashayi, Southwest
Alternate People Names:
LaurowanPashai
PashayiSouthwest Pashayi
Tagau
ROP3 Code: 109523
Joshua Project People ID: 15072
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 105,000
Population all Countries: 105,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Kashmiri
People Name General: Pashayi, Southwest
Ethnic Code: CNN25i
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Pashai, Southwest (105,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): psh    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Religion Sub-division:Sunni
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.01 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam99.99 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent100.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
 
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
   
 
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: Help start a Bible Translation
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
 
 
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
 
 
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