The Voice of the Nightingale: A Personal Account of the Wakhi Culture in Hunza

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Oxford University Press, 1996 - Social Science - 109 pages
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.

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