Seven months after Russia declared war on Germany in 1914, a small band of Georgian warriors clad in medieval armor rode into the capital of Tiflis and up to the governor’s palace, reporting for military duty, stating: “We hear there’s a war. Where’s the war?”
Georgian horsemen were notable participants of the Wild West shows in the 1890s. Since, Georgia was under rule of Russia, the Georgian riders were wrongfully called “Russian Cossacks”. The riders from Georgia featured in circuses and shows, well into the first half of the 20th century. Their performances, featuring trick riding and Georgian traditional folk dance, were extremely popular and exerted significant influence on cowboys in the United States. They are credited with introducing trick riding to American rodeos.
On a wall of one of the houses in Senaki, hangs this cute vintage carpet. It’s factory made for the Olympic Games of 1980. On a carpet, along with the 1980 Olympic Games mascot Misha, there are a boy and a girl in a traditional Georgian clothes.
The researchers, including Patrick McGovern, analyzed pottery from sites in Georgia and found traces of substances, like tartaric acid, that are the chemical fingerprint of grapes. “If we see the tartaric acid, that shows that we have wine or a grape product,” McGovern says. The researchers are reporting their discovery this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The oldest of these jars came from 8,000 years ago. It’s the earliest artifact ever found showing humans consuming juice from the Eurasian grapes that are the foundation of today’s wine industry.
The vehicles, that are long gone in the former USSR, still are running in Georgia, as a reminiscent of Soviet past. Due to Georgia’s mild climate, these vehicles remain in fair condition. These ghosts of the past, are still roaming the roads of Georgia.
The most cherished Soviet vehicle in Georgia is, of course, Niva. Since, Georgia is known for its mountains, Soviet SUV comes handy. There is even a saying: “Niva will go anywhere.”
Obviously, more and more people are upgrading to a more modern cars. SUV is a top choice, while Georgia’s young and wild at heart, usually go for BMW or Mercedes.
In 1858, famous French writer Alexandre Dumas traveled to Georgia and was fascinated by the country, traditions and people. “They are so wonderful, noble, honest, brave, and generous, that a separate research should be made on them.” Dumas was impressed, with the appearance of Georgians; especially, Imeretians, Gurians, and Megrelians: “Europeans cannot even imagine the beauty of the Colchian people. Men especially have particularly beautiful bodies and walking manner. Even an ordinary servant looks like a nobleman.” He dedicated several chapters to Georgia in his book “Adventure in the Caucasus”.
Today, is Victory over Fascism Day. Georgia sent 700,000 people to war and half of them died, or are considered perished. We would like to commemorate Georgians, who fought and became heroes.
Meliton Kantaria was a sergeant of the Soviet Army, who hoisted a Soviet flag over the Nazi Reichstag on April 30, 1945 in Berlin, Germany. He became the Hero of The Soviet Union. After the WW2 he returned to Georgia and settled in Ochamchire. Little did he know, that at the age of 73, he would become a refugee, along with 300,000 Georgians. He was forced to abandon his home in 1993, during the separatist war in Abkhzia.