Exploring Afghanistan’s Forgotten & Vulnerable Local Dances

In the past half a century, the loss of Afghanistan cultural heritage has been one of the most severe repercussions of the war for the country. The vulnerable nation state repeatedly fell prey to war, which has been detrimental to the country’s cultural heritage. At a time when people’ memory of their culture was fading, museums were being looted and destroyed. In this puzzling state of uncertainties, people never had the chance to live normally, and celebrate social events and cultural performances, as they had to deal with the harsh realities of war and migration. However, after the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001, optimism returned for many Afghans who have started envisioning peace for the country, Although, this was not palpable for people living in a state of cultural “anomie”, where they were experiencing a collective breakdown of standards and values.

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