Suri Jagek (observing the sun), traditional meteorological…Pakistan
Urgent Safeguarding List 2018
EN: View to observe the rising sun from the Balanguru village Suri Jagaekein (Pakistan). Physical development in the form of built structures has impaired the views of the rising sun
EN: Livestock sculptures made from wheat and crushed walnut dough late at night for a ritual known as Kutamru. The ritual commemorates the deep connections the Kalasha community holds with shepherd herding and animal husbandry.
EN: The aquila constellation seen at the top right corner is particularly important during spring in the month of Amaal mastruk. The night when the constellation first appears during the month is indicative of the ground turning soft the next morning.
EN: Kisan Khan from Guru village in Birir (Pakistan) ploughing his fields in preparation for the sowing of millet carried through sun observation as his children keenly observe the practice.
EN: Sarazari is celebrated at the start of the Chawmos festival coinciding with the sun rising from the marking Sarazari Gut on the Goremon Mountain (Pakistan). A competitive spirit prevails between the two genders over who lights the biggest juniper fire.
EN: Early morning an air of silence prevails. The Kalasha temples are painted by young children with drawings using reed pens whose tip is covered with sheep’s wool and dipped in ink made from holly oak and juniper soot.
EN: At sunset, the Kalasha gather inside the temple holding fire torches as the Qazi invites the souls of ancestors from the Mandaw’jaw (graveyard) to feast with them. The deceased make their appearance and share a meal with the living.
EN: Qazis Salamat Khan and Krishna Mochik discussing the traditional Kalasha calendar and its connected rituals and social events, with a local school teacher Sher Alam.
EN: Qazi Gulistan transmiting his own knowledge of Suri Jagek onto the younger generation, standing at the Suri Jagaekein of Guru Village in Birir Valley (Pakistan).
EN: Livestock animals returning from lower pastures to villages during the Kalasha month of Jani Mastruk (Pakistan).