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Topic: Greek ancestory of the Kailashis
Posted By: bilal_ali_2000
Subject: Greek ancestory of the Kailashis
Date Posted: 04-Feb-2008 at 17:48
        It is often claimed by the Kailashis that they have Aelxanderonion Greek  about it. What do you think.



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Posted By: xristar
Date Posted: 04-Feb-2008 at 18:04
Bah...
But they themselves seem to believe it. A few weeks ago there was a greek documentary in the TV about the war in Afghanistan. The reporter interviewed both sides (us and the Taliban). While journeying around Afghanistan he found himself in one of these Kalash villages, where the villagers enthusiastically received him as a brother. They took him in their village, talked with him very openly, and asked him to deliver a request to motherland (Greece that is) to send aid and especially teachers. The reporter was very surprised, because though he knew all this theory about the Kalash'  Greek origin, he didn't believe that would ever get into the Kalash' beliefs ever. But it seems, as he noticed, that these God forsaken people, who live in great povery, remember that some strangers ever visited them, speaking to them about some 'glorious ancestors', and these people of course believed it and put a lot of faith in it.
If that's good or not I don't know. There is of course a chance for Greece to reach her tentacles as far as Afghanistan and Pakistan, but I don't think that would benefit Greece much. We could as a government however help these people with some aid, and especially with some teachers that they need so much, who would help them improve their lives.
(I got off-topic, so I stop hereEmbarrassed)


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Posted By: bilal_ali_2000
Date Posted: 04-Feb-2008 at 22:36
Originally posted by xristar xristar wrote:

Bah...
But they themselves seem to believe it. A few weeks ago there was a greek documentary in the TV about the war in Afghanistan. The reporter interviewed both sides (us and the Taliban). While journeying around Afghanistan he found himself in one of these Kalash villages, where the villagers enthusiastically received him as a brother. They took him in their village, talked with him very openly, and asked him to deliver a request to motherland (Greece that is) to send aid and especially teachers. The reporter was very surprised, because though he knew all this theory about the Kalash'  Greek origin, he didn't believe that would ever get into the Kalash' beliefs ever. But it seems, as he noticed, that these God forsaken people, who live in great povery, remember that some strangers ever visited them, speaking to them about some 'glorious ancestors', and these people of course believed it and put a lot of faith in it.
If that's good or not I don't know. There is of course a chance for Greece to reach her tentacles as far as Afghanistan and Pakistan, but I don't think that would benefit Greece much. We could as a government however help these people with some aid, and especially with some teachers that they need so much, who would help them improve their lives.
(I got off-topic, so I stop hereEmbarrassed)
 
           Yes i also don't  believe it one bit. Their language Brushuski is a language isolate meaning it is non-Aryan let alone having any relation to Greek. Genetics has confirmed that the Kailashis are an aborignal people having little Greek ancestory.
 
         In a program Gulls and Guys that the visitor to Greece said that he found no relation between the Kailashi and Greek culture.
       
 
However i think that Greece also thinks that the Kailashis are related to them as it is sponsoring Schools in that region.
 
            My opinion is that because of the legnedary status of Alexander these people want to associate themself with him. And it must be noted that Alexander did confronted these people in his campaign on Afghanistan and from there this myth started, but as with most of these myths which attribute the whole genealogy of a tribe to a single patriarch it i think is false.  
 
 
   And about teachers. I think that the role of education genrally is very overrated. Almost all of the things which they need for their survival as well that which are of worth any knowing to them would be taught to them by their elders. And if what their lives are likely to take shape they will have little use for Newton's Second Law of motion and the ideas of Karl Marx.
 
   However if the government of Pakistan should create a proper education system in that part and would pick the best students from among them and give scholarships so these people so they can have successful lives and work for the uplift of their people back home, then there would definetly be some improvement there.
 
       And i remember a Kailashi woman civilian aviation pilot being interviewed on TV. So they definetly have some potential.
 
        Indo Aryan languages also show some Brushuski features meaning that the link between them goes quite far back.  
 
 
       And i really think that the Kailashis should stop believing this false identity  


Posted By: Yiannis
Date Posted: 05-Feb-2008 at 13:17
I don't believe they have any greek origins either. Regardless of that, some kind of bond between them and Greece has been created and if this can be used to trigger support from Greece to them, in terms of founding, education and other kind of aid, then so much for the better and Greece should continue efforts to improve the lives of these people. Even if this is based on a false identity case.
 
 


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Posted By: bilal_ali_2000
Date Posted: 06-Feb-2008 at 08:07
Originally posted by Yiannis Yiannis wrote:

I don't believe they have any greek origins either. Regardless of that, some kind of bond between them and Greece has been created and if this can be used to trigger support from Greece to them, in terms of founding, education and other kind of aid, then so much for the better and Greece should continue efforts to improve the lives of these people. Even if this is based on a false identity case.
 
 
 
 
       It is not the Greek but the Pakistani government which should be working for their uplift. I think that it has to be said that the Pakistani Government track record for the uplift of the people of the Himalayas is very poor.   


Posted By: Mughal e Azam
Date Posted: 06-Feb-2008 at 15:54

The Pakistani country is a clown of a nationstate. Neither do they know how to manage a nation, nor do they know how to live amongst each other in peace.

What they do know is how to kill, debauchery, terrorism, cheating, lying, and language and caste-based racism. To expect such responsibility from the Pakistani government makes you a fool.



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Posted By: Sparten
Date Posted: 07-Feb-2008 at 11:12
Mughal kindly do not use that tone again. I can't ask you to change to substance of your opinions, but as to the form and I can and will.

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Posted By: Flipper
Date Posted: 07-Feb-2008 at 16:55
Originally posted by bilal_ali_2000 bilal_ali_2000 wrote:

           Yes i also don't  believe it one bit. Their language Brushuski is a language isolate meaning it is non-Aryan let alone having any relation to Greek. Genetics has confirmed that the Kailashis are an aborignal people having little Greek ancestory.


I have the report in PDF from the European Journal of Human Genetics (2006).  In the intro it says the following:

Three Pakistani populations residing in northern Pakistan, the Burusho, Kalash and Pathan claim descent from Greek soldiers associated with Alexanders invasion of southwest Asia. Earlier studies have excluded a substantial Greek genetic input into these populations, but left open the question of a smaller contribution. We have now typed 90 binary polymorphisms and 16 multiallelic, short-tandem-repeat (STR) loci mapping to the male-specific portion of the human Y chromosome in 952 males, including 77 Greeks in order to re-investigate this question. In pairwise comparisons between the Greeks and the three Pakistani populations using genetic distance measures sensitive to recent events, the lowest distances were observed between the Greeks and the Pathans. Clade E3b1 lineages, which were frequent in the Greeks but not in Pakistan, were nevertheless observed in two Pathan individuals, one of whom shared a 16 Y-STR haplotype with the Greeks. The worldwide distribution of a shortened (9 Y-STR) version of this haplotype,
determined from database information, was concentrated in Macedonia and Greece, suggesting an origin there. Although based on only a few unrelated descendants, this provides strong evidence for a European origin for a small proportion of the Pathan Y chromosomes.

In other words, like you said, they're not descendands, but sure there is a small Greek contribution for sure. In order to note a strong genetical effect on populations, you may need thousands of years of co-existance. In the case of the Greeks we can't speak of massive populations coexisting with the locals.


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Posted By: Tyranos
Date Posted: 07-Feb-2008 at 18:09
There doesnt seem to be a genetic link between the Greeks and Kalash, but there is one between the Greeks and Pathans:

Link:
http://dienekes.blogspot.com/2006/10/greek-origins-of-some-pathans-but-not.html - Greek origins of some Pathans but not other Pakistanis



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Posted By: Sparten
Date Posted: 07-Feb-2008 at 18:20

There were lots of Greek settlements in that general area, basically from Kabul ti what is now Islamabad after old Alex showed up. So some admixture is not unexpected.



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Posted By: Scaevola
Date Posted: 13-Feb-2008 at 15:52
What about Northeast India, and Panjab? Isn't that where Porus was defeated by Alexander? People from the state of Panjab often have a lighter complexion than most indians, is this due to some Greek influence as well as possible Aryan heritage?

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Posted By: Flipper
Date Posted: 13-Feb-2008 at 21:20
I know what region you talk about, but there's no record so far about such an assumption. To be honest i don't believe that the Greeks were many enough to influence larger populations. Seriously, it may take over 1 or 2 millenias to alienate a dominating population. You have for sure some people around the area that might have some kind of descend but i don't believe in larger groups or areas.

Another voice however, would question how Greek communities were established and survived in other Asian or Caucasian countries  (Georgia and Uzbekistan for example), but those were still closer both to Greece and Persia (which was probably the most popular post after Egypt for the Greeks of that time).


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Posted By: Tyranos
Date Posted: 14-Feb-2008 at 19:48
I am sure such communities and contact wouldve still flourished well into Roman times, with some fresh migrants possibly.

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Posted By: MarcoPolo
Date Posted: 14-Feb-2008 at 20:10
Originally posted by Scaevola Scaevola wrote:

What about Northeast India, and Panjab? Isn't that where Porus was defeated by Alexander? People from the state of Panjab often have a lighter complexion than most indians, is this due to some Greek influence as well as possible Aryan heritage?
 
No. that is not true,  The Greeks only penetrated into parts of Pakistani Panjab and did not settle or enter into any regions of where the modern day-republic of india currently is. 
 
King Porus was the ruler of Jhelum, a city near the Pakistani capital in North Western Pakistani Panjab.  The Greeks had their furthest military outpost near Sagala (modern day Sialkot) in Pakistan hence the reason why many modern historians are realists state that the Greeks interacted and intermarried only with the inhabitants of modern day Pakistan and Afghanistan. 
 
Infact the Greek empires in Afghanistan and more specifically Pakistan had borders reflecting more or less the current border between the Pakistan and india today.
 
 


Posted By: MarcoPolo
Date Posted: 14-Feb-2008 at 20:18
The supposed ancestry of the Kalash and neighbooring Nuristani in Afghanistan is not completely confirmed, much more research will have to be done in this regard.  Some researchers have suggested that one regiment of Alexander's army decided to settle the Chitral district of Pakistan but was made up of Macedonian and or perhaps Other ''greek'' peoples which may alter the gene pool we should be doing the comparison with.
 
What is known, is that in the Chitral valleys where the Kalasha live, the government of Greece has already established several schools and training programs for the Kalasha, and have, by defacto, accepted the Kalasha as their own.
 
Infact, the Kalash tribes participate in the annual hellenic ceremony held in Athens and are flown there for 2 weeks sponsored by the Greek government.  Additionnaly, many Greek visitors visit Pakistan and the many ancient Greek sites/settlements throughout the country (Jhelum, Bhambore, Taxilla, Chitral, Swat etc..) and the Pakistani government hopes that when the security situation improves, that more tourists will come.


Posted By: bilal_ali_2000
Date Posted: 18-Feb-2008 at 05:11
   Some rather interesting facts
 
-Link-
http://belfun.com/Amaury/hunza.htm - http://belfun.com/Amaury/hunza.htm
 
-Excerpts-
Blue eyes, fair skins and blonde or reddish hair were said to be commonplace amongst all the Dards. With feature that were nothing if not European, was it possible that here were the long lost descendants of the Greeks who had crossed Asia with Alexander the Great? Or, since even Alexander's day there were reports of a similar people, were they perhaps remnants of the original Aryan race from which all the Indo-European peoples were descended
  
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Posted By: Killabee
Date Posted: 03-Mar-2008 at 07:05
The Greeks themselves are not even Blond and blue eyes. How can their descendant be blond and blue eye like many Kalashi?


Posted By: Killabee
Date Posted: 03-Mar-2008 at 07:12
There are more ancient Greek gene in Turkish and Levant Arab's blood. I don't remember them being proud of the having any association with Alexander.

Maybe The Kalashi should stop fantasizing with something that is not scientifically proven and be proud of who they are.


Posted By: bilal_ali_2000
Date Posted: 03-Mar-2008 at 07:49
Originally posted by Killabee Killabee wrote:

There are more ancient Greek gene in Turkish and Levant Arab's blood. I don't remember them being proud of the having any association with Alexander.

Maybe The Kalashi should stop fantasizing with something that is not scientifically proven and be proud of who they are.
 
    Yes i had thought of that before. When i hear many western tavelleres make the comment that the people in the Himalayas, remember that not just the Kailashis but among all people in the himalayas blue eyes and red, blond hair are common, are nordic and that may be because of Alexander and i thought that yeah as if Greeks are a nordic people. Another Norhern European made a comment gloating that how the people of the mid-east were beaten by Nordic Greeks and i remember saying , "Yeah right, Nordic Greeks". Why don't they take a look at the 2D depictions of Greeks to see how Nordic they were.  
    It seems strange that whenever anywhere light hair and light eyes occur these northern europeans think that they had been there, forget bothering with history which records no such movement but apparently the northern Europeans desperate for some antiquity try to find Northern European contribution in everything of anything of any worth. In the million of lines of ancient Indian literature the Brahmins are explicitly described as black haired and many times dark skinned but they just take one reference form Pannini who lived in the Peshawar valley and hence of course had seen brown and blone hair and override everything else by saying that all the ancient brahmins were all blue eyed and blond haired. Hmph why don't they take a look at the Australian Aboriginals, blonde hair are common among them yet do Northern Europeans call them Nordic.    
     And it has not only been not scientifically proven that the Kailashis don't have Greek blood but actually scientfically disproven.
 


Posted By: bilal_ali_2000
Date Posted: 05-Mar-2008 at 08:45
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEXnEfdvv6s - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEXnEfdvv6s
          Interesting here that the Greek guy was saying that the Kalashas building techniques were all similar to Greek style and they were building in the traditional Kalasha style but the Kalashan teahcer said that the Greeks were buidling their own and not the kalasha style, and that the Greeks should keep pass of the life style of the Kalasha people. He also says that the Kalasha themselves don't beileve in the Greek connection and go along with it just to attract Greek monetary support.
 
        I think that it about time that the Pakistani governement put a stop to this non sense and tell the Greek governement not to try to create Greek colonies in Pakistan.


Posted By: bilal_ali_2000
Date Posted: 05-Mar-2008 at 08:52
Originally posted by Tyranos Tyranos wrote:

There doesnt seem to be a genetic link between the Greeks and Kalash, but there is one between the Greeks and Pathans:

Link:
http://dienekes.blogspot.com/2006/10/greek-origins-of-some-pathans-but-not.html - Greek origins of some Pathans but not other Pakistanis

 
           The Pakhtuns history goes much farther back in time than either the Greeks or the Jews (to which they are many times associated). They probably were existing as a seperate tribe in about 4500 B.C.


Posted By: Leonidas
Date Posted: 05-Mar-2008 at 12:23
^ ive read that pathans have more of a link as well, its irrelevant if their history goes further.

Isolate populations like the kalash can hold on to a certain ancient memory untainted, ironically their isolation also may mean there was no direct link in the first place or a strong enough one that can be detected now.

I have theorize the same about isolated language groups vs genetics, they are the last to change in the first and last place. Meaning that they gain languages learned from more dynamic populations that can either be nomadic or near by urban. The original speakers eventually move on in terms of language while pockets of indirectly related populations carry on with the older legacy language. In this case the legacy wasn't language but a certain memory/myth.

Edit: In the case of the kalash it doesn't matter what their genes are, but rather what their myth or belief is. Theirs is no different to any other bloodline based ethnic identity.


Posted By: Styrbiorn
Date Posted: 05-Mar-2008 at 12:35
Originally posted by bilal_ali_2000 bilal_ali_2000 wrote:

 
    Yes i had thought of that before. When i hear many western tavelleres make the comment that the people in the Himalayas, remember that not just the Kailashis but among all people in the himalayas blue eyes and red, blond hair are common, are nordic and that may be because of Alexander and i thought that yeah as if Greeks are a nordic people. Another Norhern European made a comment gloating that how the people of the mid-east were beaten by Nordic Greeks and i remember saying , "Yeah right, Nordic Greeks". Why don't they take a look at the 2D depictions of Greeks to see how Nordic they were.  
    It seems strange that whenever anywhere light hair and light eyes occur these northern europeans think that they had been there, forget bothering with history which records no such movement but apparently the northern Europeans desperate for some antiquity try to find Northern European contribution in everything of anything of any worth. In the million of lines of ancient Indian literature the Brahmins are explicitly described as black haired and many times dark skinned but they just take one reference form Pannini who lived in the Peshawar valley and hence of course had seen brown and blone hair and override everything else by saying that all the ancient brahmins were all blue eyed and blond haired. Hmph why don't they take a look at the Australian Aboriginals, blonde hair are common among them yet do Northern Europeans call them Nordic.   

What "northern Europeans"? How about not generalising millions of people from some odd comment from one or two?


Posted By: malizai_
Date Posted: 05-Mar-2008 at 12:45
It is not surprising that the remenats of greeks e assimilated into the larger local populace, but their contribution does not seem to be that significant. The Greeks settlements were more to the north of the traditional Pashtun heartland areas of the South East. The migrations to the north and north-east are of a later period, if i a m right. I have read much but still am not sure who the exact inhabitants of the Jalalabad-peshawar-taxila region were.

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Posted By: ruffian
Date Posted: 05-Mar-2008 at 15:21
How many such groups exist in pakistan? I read on the net about another such group:

http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/IndiaArchaeology/message/6646 - http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/IndiaArchaeology/message/6646

"The claim by some authors that Nagar Brahmins are of Greek descent
must be fairy recent, perhaps last century or so.

The Nagar Brahmins tend to be quite fair skinned, comparable to
Khatris of Punjab, or brahmins from Punjab/Kashmir area. Thus their
fairness is not that unusual.

There is an account of the origin of the Nagars in Nagar Khanda of
Skanda Purana. Unfortunately, like many other such texts it is not
possible to date this text. However it does contain some historical
information embedded in mythological form.

They are from some place called Hataka, which according to
dictionaries, was somewhere in the mountains. According to Nagar
Khanda, when original Hataka became inaccessible, a Hatakeshwara
temple was built in Gujarat.

I have wondered if the original Hataka may have been Attock. The
grammarian Panini lived not very far from Attock on the Indus river.

The people of Chitral are related to the Kafirs of Kafiristan. The
theory that the Kafirs are descendants of the Greeks also must have
been of recent origin. The Kafirs of Kafiristan were largely
inaccesible before their conquest and conversion in 1895-1896.
However there is a valuable account by Sir G. S. Robertson who
visited them in 1892.

The dialects of the various Kafir tribes as well as those in Chitral
have been extensively studied. As one would expect, they show very
strong Sanskrit influence.

See Gerard Fussmann's: 1972 Atlas linguistique des parlers dardes et
kafirs. It has detailed maps and analysis of the dialects.

There is another recent theory that the Kafirs (now called
Nuristanis) are descendants of the Arabs. The simple fact is that
they were mountain Hindus living in isolated valleys who were able to
preserve their pagan ways until 1896. Some of them in two valleys
that were on the British side, remained pagan. However they too have
converted and a few hundred remain. Pakistan government has permitted
missionaries to work among them. Pakistan government has also
encouraged the Greek theory."



Posted By: MarcoPolo
Date Posted: 11-May-2008 at 02:56
The Kalasha have nothing to do with hinduism.  Not all pre-Islamic peoples who believed in dieties or pagans were hindu in Pakistan.  I dont know why people tend to make this generalization!  Its very frustrating at times and needs to be clarified.  The inhabitants of Pakistan, before the arrival of Islam followed a plethora of different religions/beliefs with Buddhism being the most significant, but also Zorastrianism, Shamanism, Deity worship and nature worship.
 
In Northern Pakistan, Animism and Shamanism were predominant and still exist to this day.  The Kalasha worship a number of dieties quite distinct from those worshipped in other polytheistic cultures and religion.  The closest similarities found with the Kalasha dieties have been with those of Ancient Greece but many other's are entirely specific only to the Kalasha themselves.
 
Also, the Greek government initially carried out several surveys throughout the region and it was they who ''confirmed'' the statement that the Kalasha are ''genuinely'' of Greek/Macedonian/Ionian origin after carrying out other similar surverys in other parts of the area.  They correlated this with several ancient artifacts and customs unique to the ancient inhabitants of their country, including lost customs which were still known to them.
 
The Kalasha tribes are invited every year to attend Hellenic festivals in Athens, all paid for and subsidized by the Greek Government.  They have helped to develop the area, build schools and assisted the Government of Pakistan in developing the region with financial aid and otherwise. 
 
While I too believe that with the subsequent merger of PAKISTAN into the Hellenic /Greek Empire. Pakistan was the Easternmost satrap of the Greek Empire with the Hellenic kingdoms easternmost outpost established at Sagala (modern day Sialkot in North East Pakistan) and knowing that Alexander turned back and didnt go any further east of modern day Pakistan but sailed down the modern day nations Indus river on his way back home.  Many Greeks/Macedonian's had simply decided to stay on, having travelled so extensively for years and were absorbed into Pakistan's local population and such their genetic imprint would technically be present in those areas we could correlate with regions they passed through on their arrival to Pakistan.  Fortunately, the Greeks made extensive maps and recorded all their movements which have allowed us to properly correlate where and when they went somewhere.  It is because of these maps that we now know, and have corrected the misnomer, that ancient Greeks had travelled to India,  which is incorrect, as according their own maps and accounts, they reached the trans-indus region and established their outpost at Sialkot.  So much can be glimpsed into the account of their period.
 
The following regions of Pakistan are of noteworthy significance:
 
The Khyber Pass (inhabited by the Afridi Tribe) - It should be noted, that the Afridi tribes living in the Pass look distinct from their clansmen who are also ''Afridi'' but live in the 'Tirah' region and have an oral tradition whereby they ''allowed'' and gave permission to Alexander and his troops/convoy to pass through and that a mass marriage was held in a grand ceremony between the tribe and Alexander's large convoy.
 
Bajaur (Pakistan) - One section of Alexander's forces headed north through Bajaur and established/founded the city of Nawagai in modern day Pakistan, again the people of Bajaur are said to have a peculiar characteristics quite in distinction to other Pashtun tribes surrounding them.
 
Chitral - Several of Alexander's troops headed north and decided to settle down, having travelled so far from home.  They are believed to have settled several valleys in the Chitral district of Pakistan as well as valleys in todays Nuristan region of Afghanistan.  other northern region of Pakistan include parts of Gilgit, Swat and Kohistan of Pakistan.  (most of these areas were ''cut off'' from the rest of the world until about a century ago)
 
Taxilla - We know that a ceremony and an alliance was formed in this ancient city about a half hour drive from Pakistan's capital of Islamabad.  Again, the city was populated with Greek Artisans and teachers, much of the old city was designed on a classical Greek Urban plan and exists to this day.  The pottery tradition still exists to this day for which taxilla is very famour for.
 
Jhelum - Here we know of the famous battle against King Porus.  In Pakistan today, the people(s) of Jhelum are said to have 'yu-nani ru'' which roughly translates to Ionian like Features (faces).  Again local tradition states that Alexander held a mass marriage around the city.  Alexander's famed horse, Bucephalus, is burried outside the city.
 
Sialkot (Sagala) - After Alexanders troops refused to go any further, the Greeks/Macedonians established their easternmost outpost here on and again held a mass marriage with locals of Sialkot. 
 
Multan (Alexandria) - Here, on travelling down the Indus Alexander was almost fatally struck.  The city was rebuilt, again a mass marriage was held and renamed Alexandria.
 
Thatta, Sindh - Another ALexandria, same scenerio as before
 
Bhambore, Sindh - from where his fleet ships sailed back while the other half of the army took the desert through Pakistan's wild Balochistan province.
 
The reason I went into a bit of detail here is, that I think that we need to do a genetic imprints from people who live in and around these cities as they would, if anything, show us how much of genetic impact the greeks had.  Also, similar studies could be done along other known paths taken by them in Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan.  Such a study, would truly be interesting and help us to better understand the impact of foreign genes on local populations.
 
I wanted to add a photograph which shows the similiarities in the attire of Kalasha women of Pakistan with those worn by Macedonians.  but for some reason its not letting me attach it.. hmmmm... help anyone!??


Posted By: MarcoPolo
Date Posted: 11-May-2008 at 02:59
 
never mind.. I got it to upload.  I dont know about you. but their is a striking similarity to be found. 
 
The photo on top is of Macedonians Northern Greece, and the one on the bottom is from Northern Pakistan.
 
 


Posted By: Vorian
Date Posted: 11-May-2008 at 17:09
My theory is that some officer of the Bactrian kingdom got some land in the are and settled alongside with some Greek soldiers. They intermarried with locals, telling their stories of Alexander the Great and after a few centuries the tribe would remember their "Greek ancestors" who were probably less than 100 but enough to make this a memorable event.


Posted By: Sparten
Date Posted: 11-May-2008 at 17:45

Forget theorys. Read history. After Alexander there was a lot of Greek settlement in what is now Pakistan. For example from 190 BC the Bactrian Greek capital was Taxila.

 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demetrius_I_of_Bactria - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demetrius_I_of_Bactria
 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taxila - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taxila
 
Indo-Greek Kingdom
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indo-Greek_Kingdom - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indo-Greek_Kingdom
 
Most likely it is these Kingdoms whose history is remembered.
 
 


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Posted By: Vorian
Date Posted: 11-May-2008 at 18:18
I already know this. Still they would remember the Indo-Greek kingdom but not that they were Greeks themselves. 


Posted By: Sparten
Date Posted: 11-May-2008 at 18:29

One thing that this country dose not lack (along with mountains lol) is theorys of desent of every ethnic group. Quite a lot of Seriaikis claim desent from various Persian Emperor, everyone is a decendeant of the Prophet, and our founder Jinnah, he had one child, but apparently half of Sindh is somehow related to him.

 
So I give this theory little weight.
 


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Posted By: Vorian
Date Posted: 11-May-2008 at 18:36
Lol, I am not going to post it in an academic conference or anything, just what I imagined could have happened for these people to regard themselves descendants of Alexander's soldiers


Posted By: Sparten
Date Posted: 11-May-2008 at 19:26
They don't. About 1840's as the British moved into this area they noticed the people were well how do you put this delicatly, different from what they had confronted thus far. Taller, fair skinned, more "european features". So they theroised that these were some long lost decendants of Alexander the Greats soldiers. This was bunk and later British expeditions showed the area was heavily Hellanized. Indeed Ashoka was part Greek, and Greek was one of the languages of his court.

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Posted By: Vorian
Date Posted: 11-May-2008 at 20:23
Originally posted by Sparten Sparten wrote:

They don't. 


They do. Didn't you read the rest of the thread? I have also watched a documentary where they ask the reporter to send Greek books and wanted a 100 drachma coin because it had Alexander's image.


Posted By: Sparten
Date Posted: 11-May-2008 at 20:29
Read the thread. Been to the region in question. Half the time these things are for tourists.

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Posted By: kafkas
Date Posted: 11-May-2008 at 20:57
Originally posted by Killabee Killabee wrote:

There are more ancient Greek gene in Turkish and Levant Arab's blood.


Maybe it's the other way around, who knows? Your statement is an opinion not a fact..


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Posted By: Omar al Hashim
Date Posted: 12-May-2008 at 11:30
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Sorry Kafkas my Greek brother but Greeks are heavily intermixed with all eastern Mediterranean peoples. I don't think ancient Turks have done too much intermixing with the Ionians - but modern Turks certainly have.

Personally, I would be far more surprised if there wasn't any Greek villages in Pakistan than the fact that there are.


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Posted By: Flipper
Date Posted: 14-May-2008 at 11:18
Originally posted by MarcoPolo MarcoPolo wrote:

 
never mind.. I got it to upload.  I dont know about you. but their is a striking similarity to be found. 
 
The photo on top is of Macedonians Northern Greece, and the one on the bottom is from Northern Pakistan.
 
 


Indeed, I recognise this. The dresses are those which are common in places like Kozani, Grevena and northern Chalkidiki. However, I don't think that was the fashion of the people back then. If it was then we should definetely see those typical ancient Greek hats as well. That's why i'm troubled. I'm sure one could find similar dresses in other places.


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Posted By: Flipper
Date Posted: 14-May-2008 at 11:26
Btw Guys, the Kalash, Pathans and Burusho are not the only cases...There are people in Sudan who have the same myth and speak of the Greek with the horns. They even keep the last 100 drachmas coin (depicting Alexander) as a talisman. I'll try to find some info on them too and see if there is any similarities to the myths of the Pakistan tribes.

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Posted By: Flipper
Date Posted: 14-May-2008 at 11:35
Originally posted by Vorian Vorian wrote:

I already know this. Still they would remember the Indo-Greek kingdom but not that they were Greeks themselves. 


Well the first generation of Kings were 50%-50%. The second eather married a local or a Greek, but probably their Greek line vanished with time. The honouring descriptions of the Indo-Greek Kings however refer to them as "Χ τον Έλληνα και Φιλέλληνα..."/"X the Greek and patriot..." where X was the name of the King or General.

There is a whole report from Oxford University press called "The Greeks in Bactria and India". I will find it and post it when i get home.


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Posted By: MarcoPolo
Date Posted: 05-Sep-2008 at 00:09
Also, for those of you who are movie buff's watch the movie
The Man who would be king! starring Sean connery, it supposedly takes place in Kafiristan, Pakistan and is a pretty good re-enactment of what the British encountered when they first charted the area


Posted By: Zomaan Shilogh Dyak
Date Posted: 01-Mar-2009 at 20:47
As a Chitrali I would have to say that the Kalash are an interesting group, but their is much more to them than the supposed "Greek Connection."
 
The Kalash religion is essentially a mixture of of the religious practices of the surrounding regions. Ancient Iranic beliefs from the Oxus valley (not neccesarily Zoroastrian, but proto Iranic fire worship), Vedic practices and local animism and Shamanism are all cobined in the Kalash faith.
 
Their are also thousands of Muslim Kalash. In Southern Chitral (anything south of Chitral Town) the lower classes are all of Kalash descent. A minority of them still speak the Kalash language. The people of Upper Chitral used to refer to all the people of Lower Chitral as Kalash. Essentially most Sunni Muslims (with the exception of certain tribes of Turko-Persian descent) in Chitral, although they speak Khowar, are of Kalash or Pashtun descent.  The Ismailies are mostly pure Khow, with Pamiri Tajik admixture.


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