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    The Kalash People, a White-skinned, Blue-eyed Tribe in the Back Country of Pakistan, Who Claim to Be Descendants of the Ancient Greeks.

    In the back country of Pakistan you will find a unique ancient tribe of people who reside in the Chitral District of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. What makes them unique to most Pakistanis is the fact that many people in the tribe have blonde hair and blue eyes. Let me also add that they claim to descend from Greece in the time of Alexander the Great.





    It is no secret that Alexander the Great had conquered these lands over 2,000 year ago and had occupied the mountains of northern Pakistan in which he would sow the seeds of a tribe that lives on to this very day. Many experts, scientists and authors agree that the Kalash Tribes shows all the signs, rites, history and possibly the DNA of the ancient Greeks.
    For example, in 2014, the New York Times reported that "The Kalash people of Pakistan were found to have chunks of DNA from an ancient European population. Statistical analysis suggests a mixing event before 210 B.C., possibly from the army of Alexander the Great." Here is a DNA map from the NY Times article showing the possible influx of DNA into the Pakistani region.

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    Some of the Kalash people claim to be descendants of Alexander the Great's soldiers; and a recent genetic analysis has substantiated this belief. A study by Hellenthal et al. (2014) on the DNA of the Kalash people showed evidence of input from modern day Germany and Austria between 990 and 210 BC, a period that overlaps with that of Alexander the Great.
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    Here's a short 2 minute clip about them from Michael Palin's Himalaya series.

    The Greeks had settlements in Gaul from as far back as the 6th century BC. I wonder if these people came from such trading posts. Marseille was once a Greek colony known as Massalia. Maybe not the furthest settlement, but it's pretty far, and now it's the second largest city in France.

    But from the description and the Scottishness it seems like they're some misplaced Celts rather than Greeks. During the Second Afghan War the British Empire lost an entire army in this region and while many of the soldiers were probably killed, fell down ravines, or froze or starved to death it is possible that more than a few were taken in by the locals, settled down, and had some blonde haired blue eyed babies.
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    Kalash people are not descended from the Greeks but from the ancient Indo-Iranian Aryans. The Yezidis, Talysh, Ossetians and others can claim the same heritage.

    The Kalash religion is ancient and resembles European paganism - because In-Ir people came from Europe.

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    Claims in India/Pakistan of Greek ancestry are quite believable. A Greek kingdom was established in the north of the subcontinent and during the time of Alexander the Great a number of towns were founded in the region and named after him. (though unlike Alexandria in Egypt they now have different names)

    There are records from India of proclamations in both Sanskrit and Greek - the latter presumably for the benefit of a local Greek-speaking population. Here's more on the Indo-Greeks: http://historyofindia-madhunimkar.bl...co-indian.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Englisc View Post
    Claims in India/Pakistan of Greek ancestry are quite believable. A Greek kingdom was established in the north of the subcontinent and during the time of Alexander the Great a number of towns were founded in the region and named after him. (though unlike Alexandria in Egypt they now have different names)

    There are records from India of proclamations in both Sanskrit and Greek - the latter presumably for the benefit of a local Greek-speaking population. Here's more on the Indo-Greeks: http://historyofindia-madhunimkar.bl...co-indian.html
    This doesn't change that the Kalash are not Greeks and their looks are not atypical in their region.

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