The sowing festival in Gojal

  • Martin Sökefeld Chair of Social and Cultural Anthropology, LMU Munich
Keywords: festival, fertility, remoteness


This essay is a reflection on the sowing festival taghm which marks the beginning of the agricultural season in Gojal in the Karakorum Mountains of Pakistan. While doing research on the consequences of the Attabad landslide (Sökefeld 2012, 2014), I took the opportunity to observe taghm three times in Gulmit, the central place of Gojal.

Author Biography

Martin Sökefeld, Chair of Social and Cultural Anthropology, LMU Munich

Martin Sökefeld is chair of social anthropology at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich. He has been engaged in fieldwork in Gilgit-Baltistan for more than 25 years, focusing on ethnicity, sectarianism, the politics of Gilgit-Baltistan in the context of the Kashmir dispute, and more recently on «natural» disasters. Besides, he has also worked on Alevi transnational politics between Germany and Turkey and on the Azad Kashmiri diaspora in the UK.

How to Cite
Sökefeld, Martin. 2018. “Taghm: The Sowing Festival in Gojal”. TSANTSA – Journal of the Swiss Anthropological Association 23 (May):127-37. https://doi.org/10.36950/tsantsa.2018.23.7309.
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