Friday, April 29, 2011

Balandra and Ashar

Balandra  (Pashto: blandra بلندره) is a word used by the Afridi tribe to express an invitation   Ashar  عشر) is an Arabic wording meaning tenth and can refer to a religious tithe or tax.  Both balandra  and ashar  can also be used to describe a village aid program under which a particular task is accomplished on the basis of mutual cooperation and assistance. At the time of sowing or harvesting, the villagers lend a helping hand to the man who seeks their help. They help to plough his fields at sowing time and assist him in reaping his crops at the time of harvest. The man thus obliged, by the fellow villagers holds a feast in their honor in the evening.

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