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Dardic peoples
Regions with significant populations
Northern Pakistan (Gilgit-Baltistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa)
Northwestern India (Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh)
Eastern Afghanistan (Kapisa, Kunar, Laghman, Nangarhar, Nuristan)
Dardic languages
Predominantly: Islam (Sunni, Shia and Sofia Noorbakhshia)[1]
Minority: Hinduism,[2] Ancient Hinduism/Animism (Kalash people)[3]
Related ethnic groups
Other Indo-Aryan peoples

The Dards are a group of un-mixed Indo-Aryan people living in Northern Pakistan, Western Jammu & Kashmir, and Eastern Afghanistan who speak the Dardic languages. A very small minority also live in Xinjiang, China and Tajikistan.[4]

Dardic is a geographical phrase, not a ethnic or linguistic one.[5] It is not used by any of its speakers. Dardic languages are mostly Indic, but have a huge amount Iranian loanwords from Pashto, Yidgha, or Ormuri.

List of Dardic people[change | change source]

  1. Kashmiri
  2. Kho
  3. Kalash
  4. Shina
  5. Pashayi
  6. Turvali
  7. Palula
  8. Kohistani
  9. Sau
  10. Ushojo
  11. Damel
  12. Brokpa
  13. Rajkoti
  14. Gawar
  15. Gowro
  16. Dumaki
  17. Chiliss
  18. Shumashti
  19. Kohistani-Shin

References[change | change source]

  1. "Introduction to Dardistan".
  2. Harris, Ian Charles (1994). Longman Guide to Living Religions. Stockton. ISBN 978-1-56159-089-6.
  3. The India Magazine of Her People and Culture. A. H. Advani. 1993.
  4. "Dards, Dardistan, and Dardic: an Ethnographic, Geographic, and Linguistic Conundrum". www.mockandoneil.com. Retrieved 2023-01-01.
  5. Kellner, Birgit (2019-10-08). Buddhism and the Dynamics of Transculturality: New Approaches. Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG. ISBN 978-3-11-041314-4.