Ghorbat - Religion and Expressive Culture



The Ghorbat were Shia Muslims, except for those in Kandahar, in the south, and some in Mazār-i-Sharīf, in the north, who were Sunni. Apart from Islamic ceremonies, and festivals, they also celebrated Nawroz, which was commonly marked in Afghanistan as New Year's Day (21 March).

Arts. Tattooing was fairly common. The Ghorbat painted their tambourines with various, predominantly floral, motifs and then sometimes decorated them with little jangles or bells.

Death and Afterlife. Beliefs and practices did not diverge basically from general Islamic patterns in the area.


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