Afghan Culture
George, Josh, and Dan
Table of Contents
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Geography
People
Languages
Religion
Rural Life
Sports and Pastimes
Education
Health
Art and Architecture
Movie Clip
Geography
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Located in central Asia
Bordered by six countries
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China
Iran
Pakistan
Tajikistan
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
Geography
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Landlocked nation
(slightly smaller than
Texas)
Total Population: 31
Million
Capital: Kabul
Geography
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Mountainous
Hindu Kush: main
mountain range
Climate: cold winters
and arid summers
People
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Major Ethnic Groups
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Pashtuns- 42%
Takijs- 27%
Uzbeks- 9%
Hazaras- 9%
Others- 13%
Languages
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Most Afghans are
bilingual
Main Languages
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Dari- 50%
Pashtu- 35%
Turkic- 11%
Religion
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The religion practiced
by most Afghans is
Islam
99% of Afghans are
Muslim
Rural Life
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About ¾ of the
Afghan population
consists of farmers
and nomads
Only 12% of land is
arable
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What problems might
some farmers
encounter?
Sports and Pastimes
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Buzkashi is the
national sport of
Afghanistan
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Team game played on
horseback
Kite-fighting
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Participants try to cut
through the strings of
their opponents
Education
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67% of boys go to school
37% of girls go to school
Constraints of attendance
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Lack of teachers
Distance
Cultural constraints
Not enough schools
Health
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Average life
expectancy: 42
1 in 4 children dies
before the age of 5
Many lack access to
basic healthcare
Art and Architecture
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Influenced by western
techniques since
1900s
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Centered at the Kabul
Museum
Two famous mosques
are in Herat and
Mazar-e Sharif
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Famous for its light
blue-green tile work
The Kite Runner
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Movie depicting the hardships and cultural
attributes of Afghanistan
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HW7a
GiuKZaU&feature=related
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