The Voice of the Nightingale: A Personal Account of the Wakhi Culture in Hunza
The Wakhi, an ethnic group originating from Afghanistan, live in four neighbouring countries: Afghan Wakhan, Tajikistan, Xinjiang (China), and northern Pakistan. These remote mountain regions and crossroads of culture have been of interest to travellers and ethnographers since Marco Polo first wrote about them. Sabine Felmy came to Pakistan in 1977, and lived among the Wakhi for several years, studying their history and oral traditions. In The Voice of the Nightingale, she presents an account in which local people express their views on daily matters and practices. Woven around a wider framework of archival research, historic travelogues and ethnographic literature, these narrations form the first comprehensive summation of this unique culture. The voice of the nightingale refers to the famous (bulbulik) triplets sung by Wakhi women who spend the summers on the high pastures.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Rules and Regulations
Imaginations and Perceptions
Village Calendar and Celebrations
2 other sections not shown
Afghan Afterwards Aga Khan Agency Political Diary animals apricots Aslam Baltit barley Baroghil Bibi Khand bitan border bread bulbulik Burushaski Burusho butter buxari celebrated Central Hunza ceremony chapik chenir China Chitral clan crops daughter down-country dried family members female festival fields flour friends gather Ghujal Ghulam-ud-din Gilgit Agency Gilgit Agency Political girls goats grazing Gulmit harvesting high pastures horses household Hunza river Hunza valley Hussaini Ibadat Shah Ishkoman Islamabad jamaat khana Kamaris Karachi Karakoram Highway Karimabad Kashgar khalifa Khunjerab Pass Kirghiz kutor language living male metres mountain Musafir Khan neighbours Northern Areas nowadays Pakistan Pamir Pasu platform players Political Agent polo ground polo tournament post-runners potatoes qurut religious roof ruler season Shagul Aziz Shandur sheep Shogunptuk shrine Silum Khan summer Tajik teacher traditional Upper Yarkhun Urdu Wakhan Wakhi Culture Wakhi house Wakhi village winter women Xinjiang Yarkhun Valley Yasin Zafarullah Beg