Journal Amirani. 2002. Volume 6

lichenishi. Svanetian sacral holiday

Author(s): Paata Bukhrashvili

According to the materials under consideration, the holiday "lichenishi" is dedicated to the divinities of fruitfulness and in this case, as is so frequent in the Caucasus, a Christian saint had adopted the functions of a divinity from an earlier, pagan period.

Journal Amirani. 2002. Volume 6

For the ethnomedicine in Imereti. Uzhmuri

Author(s): Lela Nebieridze

During the field work in Imereti, our attention is drawn to the disease, which is called "uzhmuri". This disease is known in almost every region of Georgia and has caused special interest in its specific nature and causes the researchers. First of all, we present the material we have collected according to the thematic principle, according to the causes and the course of the disease, then we will try to draw parallels with similar materials obtained in other regions of Georgia.

Journal Amirani. 2002. Volume 7

Central Caucasian religious systems and social ideology in the post-Soviet period

Author(s): Kevin J. Tuite, Paata Bukhrashvili

1. While conducting field research in the Republic of Georgia in 1996 and 1997, supported by a grant from SSHRC, we had the occasion to visit the provinces of Khevsureti and Pshavi. To our astonishment, the great summer festival of Atengenoba - accompanied by dances, rituals and animal sacrifice, as in the descriptions of a century ago - is still being celebrated in many highland communities. We interviewed numerous ხევისბერები ("pagan" priests; throughout this text, "priests" will designate ხევისბერები rather than Orthodox clergy), shrine officials and other villagers, who described a relatively coherent body of beliefs, practices and rituals which appears to have changed little since pre-Soviet times, even as several key components of traditional culture, to be discussed in the following section, have been lost or radically changed.

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