Burusho (Hunza)

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The Burusho peoples, also archaically referred to as the Hunzukut or Hunzakuts (after the Hunza Valley), are an ethnic group indigenous to the Hunza, the Nagar, and the Yasin Valleys of modern northern Pakistan. According to their folklore, the Burushas trace their lineage to three soldiers of Alexander the Great who settled with their Persian wives in the Hunza Valley in the fourth century B.C.



  • During the 1950s and 1960s, a popular claim in the United States regarding the Burusho (Hunzukut) was that their peculiar lifestyle and diet — largely supplemented with local grasses, grains, and apricots — contributed to their being a peoples that routinely lived to be of super-centenarian age, having extraordinary vitality well past the age of one hundred. In consequence, a Hunza-type diet was promoted by health supplement companies including Abundavita, who called the Hunza Valley the "Himalayan Shangri-la," and Nutrimetics.