“A Caipirihna Production”-
The Kalasha and the Crescent
Directed by : Lara Leea
Cinematography: Shah Zaman Baloch
The Kalash are the last surviving animists in Central Asia. They live in three valleys, high up in the Hindu Kush mountains on the border with Afghanistan.
The Kalash religion is especially significant because it is probably a survivor, along with Zoroastrianism and Hinduism, of a very ancient Indo European faith. Although the Kalash are often referred to as ‘polytheist’, most Kalash claim that they are monotheist, worshiping one creator god, ‘desau’ and that the other figures in the Kalash pantheon are not gods but Desau’s messengers . The Kalash faith can also be described as animist since the Kalash believe that trees, stones and streams all have souls.