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Burig language

Purik, Purki
Native to Kargil, Jammu and Kashmir
Region Kargil, Baltistan, Western Himalayas
Native speakers
38,000 (2001 census)[1]
Urdu script
Language codes
ISO 639-3 prx
Glottolog puri1258[2]

The Burig, or Purik, is a language spoken by Purik people, a group of Tibetan Muslims with a slight Dardic admixture.Purik live south of the Balti in Ladakh. Most of them live in Ladakh and Baltistan, especially in Kargil, although significant numbers reside in Leh. A considerable number of Puriks are also present in China.[3]

Because they inhabit the higher reaches of the arid Himalayas, they depend on glacial runoff for irrigation of their crops. Barley, wheat, and millet are grown where water is sufficient, notably along small rivers. The hot summer temperatures also allow for a wide variety of fruits to be raised.

Unlike the Dards and the Shina, the Burig are not nomads. They transfer their livestock from one grazing ground to another upon the arrival of autumn. During the summer months, they drive the cattle to alpine pastures, and all households own at least one female dzo, which is a cross between a cow and a yak. These animals produce milk.

Most of them are Shia Muslims by religion, although significant Sunni Muslims and a small minority of Buddhists and Bön followers reside in isolated areas. Like the Balti, they speak an archaic Tibetan dialect closely related to Balti and Ladakhi, though not easily intelligible with each other.[4]


  1. ^ Burig at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Purik".  
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  4. ^ *N. Tournadre (2005) "L'aire linguistique tibétaine et ses divers dialectes." Lalies, 2005, n°25, p. 7–56 [1]

External links

  • Ethnic profile by Asia Harvest
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