The Dards are a group of un-mixed Indo-Aryan people living in Northern Pakistan, Western Jammu & Kashmir, and Eastern Afghanistan who speak the Dardic languages. A very small minority also live in Xinjiang, China and Tajikistan.
|Regions with significant populations|
|Northern Pakistan (Gilgit-Baltistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa)|
Northwestern India (Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh)
Eastern Afghanistan (Kapisa, Kunar, Laghman, Nangarhar, Nuristan)
|Predominantly: Islam (Sunni, Shia and Sofia Noorbakhshia)|
Minority: Hinduism, Ancient Hinduism/Animism (Kalash people)
|Related ethnic groups|
|Other Indo-Aryan peoples|
Dardic is a geographical phrase, not a ethnic or linguistic one. It is not used by any of its speakers. Dardic languages are mostly Indic, but have a huge amount Iranian loanwords from Pashto, Yidgha, or Ormuri.
List of Dardic people Edit
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- Kellner, Birgit (2019-10-08). Buddhism and the Dynamics of Transculturality: New Approaches. Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG. ISBN 978-3-11-041314-4.