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Afghan Culture

Afghan Culture. George, Josh, and Dan. Table of Contents. Geography People Languages Religion Rural Life Sports and Pastimes Education Health Art and Architecture Movie Clip. Geography. Located in central Asia Bordered by six countries China Iran Pakistan Tajikistan

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Afghan Culture

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  1. Afghan Culture George, Josh, and Dan

  2. Table of Contents • Geography • People • Languages • Religion • Rural Life • Sports and Pastimes • Education • Health • Art and Architecture • Movie Clip

  3. Geography • Located in central Asia • Bordered by six countries • China • Iran • Pakistan • Tajikistan • Turkmenistan • Uzbekistan

  4. Geography • Landlocked nation (slightly smaller than Texas) • Total Population: 31 Million • Capital: Kabul

  5. Geography • Mountainous • Hindu Kush: main mountain range • Climate: cold winters and arid summers

  6. People • Major Ethnic Groups • Pashtuns- 42% • Takijs- 27% • Uzbeks- 9% • Hazaras- 9% • Others- 13%

  7. Languages • Most Afghans are bilingual • Main Languages • Dari- 50% • Pashtu- 35% • Turkic- 11%

  8. Religion • The religion practiced by most Afghans is Islam • 99% of Afghans are Muslim

  9. Rural Life • About ¾ of the Afghan population consists of farmers and nomads • Only 12% of land is arable • What problems might some farmers encounter?

  10. Sports and Pastimes • Buzkashi is the national sport of Afghanistan • Team game played on horseback • Kite-fighting • Participants try to cut through the strings of their opponents

  11. Education • 67% of boys go to school • 37% of girls go to school • Constraints of attendance • Lack of teachers • Distance • Cultural constraints • Not enough schools

  12. Health • Average life expectancy: 42 • 1 in 4 children dies before the age of 5 • Many lack access to basic healthcare

  13. Art and Architecture • Influenced by western techniques since 1900s • Centered at the Kabul Museum • Two famous mosques are in Herat and Mazar-e Sharif • Famous for its light blue-green tile work

  14. The Kite Runner • Movie depicting the hardships and cultural attributes of Afghanistan • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HW7aGiuKZaU&feature=related

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