Today we are going to take a look at a Semetic community called the Pashtun in Afghanistan.
Customs and Traditions of the Pashtun
Afghanistan is referred to as the graveyard of empires. This name reflects the many failed attempts of great empires to conquer the region.
The Pashtun have resided in Afghanistan for the past 2,700 years (during the same period of time as the exile of the 10 tribes). According to the scriptures, the Israelites were exiled to exactly where Afghanistan is today. According to the Prophecies, the exiles will remain in their host country until the redemption, hence the word “This day” in the verse below.
“So the God of Israel roused the spirit of King Pul of Assyria—the spirit of King Tillegath-pilneser of Assyria—and he carried them away, namely, the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh, and brought them to Halah, Habor, Hara, and the river Gozan, to this day.“
It is interesting to note that the Pashtun tribes in Afghanistan (currently Muslim) are known to wear amulets with that contain Hebrew words.
In rare occasions did the communities of the Judean exiles (that occurred in 586 BC) co-exist with the exiled 10 Northern tribes that were exiled in 740 BC). This is probably because the people settled at different times and the first exiles had already assimilated into the culture.
The Afghan Judean community that settled after the Afghan Pashtun (first exiles) had different customs and traditions because the communities settled in Afghanistan at different times; however, they lived alongside one another, acknowledging each-other’s connection to the people of Israel.
Little is known about Jews in medieval Afghanistan, yet they are mentioned in Ancient Arabic and Persian writings beyond historical references and local legend. CLICK HERE TO READ