Dum- Drum beaters mystery

The Dum is not just a person, he is an institution and that is why he deserves a special mention and a need to be known better. Second only to Mashar, is the role of Dum. He is a caretaker, a barber and a cook inside the house, a messenger and an ambassador in his own right; an announcer of the first response and a social mobilizer outside the house.

By Ghulam Qadir Khan Daur
On May 6, 2016 At 4:30

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attan1The Dum is not just a person, he is an institution and that is why he deserves a special mention and a need to be known better. Second only to Mashar, is the role of Dum. He is a caretaker, a barber and a cook inside the house, a messenger and an ambassador in his own right; an announcer of the first response and a social mobilizer outside the house. He is the one who adds flavor to festivities and who manages all affairs for a family in grief. He has so many vital functions to perform and to do so he is given free access not only into every house but even into enemy territory. The Dum is always a soft spoken, non-violent, kind and dutiful person. Dum is an enormous contradiction in Pukhtunwali. Unfortunately a person playing such important roles is looked down upon in a Pukhtun society. No one will like to be called a Dum among Pukhtuns. The only reason for this is that he is the only person in a Lashkar without a weapon. A Dum is never armed. He is a non-entity, women don’t observe Purdah from him and they don’t mind singing and dancing in front of him. Having said this, the role of Dum is central to tribal life. He has exclusive roles to play, both in happiness and in sorrow. From: Cheegha, The Call

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