Posted on Aug 26, 2021 84
Afghanistan is a country of amazingly beautiful mountains, hot summers and sometimes brutal customs. For many years, the conflict here continues. A large part of the country is controlled by militants of various gangs and terrorist organizations, but in the face of all this, somehow ordinary people are trying to continue to live an ordinary life.
Interesting facts about Afghanistan
- Literally translated from Persian, “Afghanistan” means “Silent country. From the languages of the Turkic group, the word “Afghanistan” is translated as “hiding”. Both of these interpretations fit perfectly to describe Afghanistan, a mountainous, inaccessible country where all the tribes who wanted to preserve their independence hid.
- Not far from Kabul, the Afghan capital, the largest copper deposit in Eurasia was discovered. In the same area, there is the largest iron ore deposit in South Asia.
- Afghanistan is considered one of the most dangerous countries in the world, along with Somalia.
- People inhabited modern Afghan lands at least 5,000 years ago. Rural communities that emerged in this area were the first on the planet.
- Scientists believe that one of the ancient religions, Zoroastrianism, originated in Afghanistan several thousand years BC, and Zarathustra himself supposedly lived and died in the local city of Balkh.
- This country is the largest producer of opiates on the planet. According to UN statistics, about 90% of drugs entering Europe are transported through the Afghan border.
- Afghanistan ranks fourth in the world in the number of children born by Afghan women: on average, each woman gives birth six to seven times.
- In Afghanistan, 47% of men and only 15% of women are literate. Despite this, the Afghans are very fond of poetry, and every home has at least one volume of poetry. Private poetry contests are held even among illiterate workers and peasants.
- This state ranks sadly first among the countries of the world in infant mortality - 226 babies under the age of 5 die out of every 1,000 births.
- The national sport in Afghanistan is called buzkashi. Two teams of riders enter a field where they have to capture and hold the skin of a goat. Afghan youths like to entertain themselves with kite fighting.
- Afghan greyhounds are graceful hunting dogs that, as the name of their breed makes clear, originated in Afghanistan. Scientists have found that they are some of the most difficult dogs in terms of training, yet Afghans are friendly, playful and love interacting with people.
- The national dance of Afghans is the attan, which is usually performed by men. It is a circular dance that involves from two to several hundred people. The whirling of the resounding drums and flutes lasts on average 5 to 30 minutes, but can go on for five hours.
- Afghan athletes have competed in 13 Summer Olympics, winning two bronze medals in taekwondo. Both times, the triumphant medalist was the same wrestler.
- In Afghanistan, 99 percent of whose population is Muslim, there is only one pig, and they keep it in the Kabul zoo.
- While serving in Afghanistan, two Scottish soldiers jokingly promised each other that if one of them died, the other would come to his funeral dressed as a woman. And so they did, and the weeping soldier sat at his friend’s grave wearing a bright yellow dress and pink socks.