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Published in 1877, this is an early account by one of the first adventurers to enter the remote mountains of what is now Northern Pakistan and India and live to tell about it. Gottlieb Wilhelm Leitner or G. W. Leitner for short undertook adventures and collected data about the people living there, walking as much as 35 miles per day and taking notes in the evenings. He wrote several books about this which unfortunately were printed in limited editions in Lahore and few survive. The book presented here is the first known reprint of any of Leitner's works. In many cases, Leitner created his own names for these languages and places. The name of Dardistan was coined by Leitner himself although it is based on the word Dard found in the works of the famous Greek historian Herodotus. The Language he calls Arnyia is the language known today as Khowar or Chitrali, the language spoken in Chitral and in parts of Gilgit including Yasin, Ishkoman and Gupis. Another Language he studies is Kalasha. This is a bit problematic because according to the researchers there are several Kalasha Languages. The best known is the language spoken in the Kalash Valleys of Bumboret, Birir and Rumbur in Chitral, Pakistan. These books seem to be the original source material for several other books including Tribes of the Hindoo Koosh by John Biddulph ISBN 4871875253. If you look and compare you will see the same words and phrases. I believe that Leitner was the original author. Others copied from him.
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