There is not a tribe of people more fascinating and mysterious than the Hunzakut who live hidden deep in a luscious valley between the Himalayas, Hindu Kush, and the Karakorum who are said to enjoy extreme longevity.
Many myths and legends abound about the Hunzakut, a mysterious people who claim extreme longevity within what many deem the Garden of Eden. Most westerner research into this remote tribe in the north of Pakistan has been into their diet, to unravel the secrets to their alleged superior health.
Visitors to the Hunza Valley have returned with tales of a beautiful, peaceful people, well-educated, who live as long and healthy lives even up to 145 years of age. Such a claim of 145 years seems unbelievable. This, therefore, leads many to ask questions about whether it even is possible, and if so, how?
History of the Hunzakut
The Hunzakut claim that their ancestry dates back to Alexander the Great, who arrived in the area during his famed Indian campaign. DNA results are not conclusive; however, the language spoken by these peoples when the British first discovered them was Burushaski, as well as Urdu. Burushaski is a combination of the Hellenistic language of the Persian Empire and Ancient Macedonian.
When a British garrison arrived in the late 1800s, the lifestyle of the Hunzakut appeared to be dramatically healthier than that of the British. Back in Britain, the population were suffering greatly from poverty and ill health during the rise of the Industrial period. Due to lack of hygiene in overcrowded cities, much of the British population suffered cholera, typhus, and typhoid.
The contrast that the British witnessed in the Hunza Valley population likely appeared startling. A perceived primitive people were enjoying excellent health, while their own supposed advanced British society was succumbing to widespread illness and early death. The returning British gushed with tales of this so-called Garden of Eden that they had discovered. Inevitably, myths surrounding this serene and idyllic location began to abound.
Frugal lifestyle and a pure diet
When compared to the poor and unsanitary slum-like world that many of the British population suffered within at home, the Hunzakut appeared to thrive within a life of tranquility and simplicity. When the British visitors made inquiries into how the people of the Hunza Valley managed to enjoy such an idyllic life, the Hunzakut bragged with many embellished tales to impress them.
One of the most outrageous claims included how Hunzakut were able to live as long as 145 years, completely disease free.
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