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In pictures: Kalash spring festival
Goat sacrifice

The Kalash worship a creator, Khodai, and lesser gods who are responsible for different aspects of family and working life.

Nature plays a central spiritual role. Sacrifices of goats and rituals using dairy products are intended to please spirits. Here models of ibex and paintings of goats symbolising fertility are decorated with flowers and walnut branches at a temple to Jeshtak the goddess who protects family, pregnant mothers and marriage.

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