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    Dzikr — a traditional Sufi prayer of the Kists

    by Nuaga Updated Dec 15, 2009

    Every Friday at around 11 am, a women's Sufi fraternity, belonging to the Kunta-haji Kishiev wird, meets in an old mosque in Duisi. Under the guidance of Alcani, leader of the fraternity, they perform the dzikr ecstatic prayer. They pray in Arabic, Chechen and Georgian — and often in the Kist dialect, intermediate between Chechen and Georgian, spoken by the majority of Georgian Chechens.

    The women welcome to their mosque everyone who is interested in Sufi traditions. This is one of the greatest attractions of the Pankisi Gorge, comparable to the famous whirling dervishes of Turkey. Women are allowed to watch the prayer inside the mosque, while men may take a peek through the door.

    The Pankisi women persist in their hope that their prayers will bring peace to northern Caucasus. As in the nineteenth century, when a scarf thrown by a woman on the battlefield interrupted fighting. Alas, no one seems to notice the scarf today or understand its meaning.

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    pankisi gorge

    by Elenoide Written Mar 28, 2005

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    In the pankisi gorge, some kilometres of the border with Chechenia, there are more than four thousand chechens refugees waiting to return one day to their homeland.The war in Chechenia is not over. Some people would like to return, but they are afraid. The stories of the survivors are terrifying: they escaped from Chechenia through the mountains of the Caucasus with bombs falling around it, the assaults of the Russian troops, where the children, the elder people, women and men were also murdered.

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    South Ossetia: the breakaway basketcase

    by tommy_oostende Updated Nov 23, 2003

    We went to South Ossetia and i can confirm you that's quite off the beaten path, in fact we were the only tourists or non-Russian foreigners around in the entire "republic". The republic broke away from georgia around 10 years ago and ever since it acted as if it was already a part of Russia. They use the Russian flag, pay in Rubles, write and read in Russian and even have t-shirts with "Russia" written on them, as if anyone would still doubt so. Most also have the Russian nationality and Russian "peacekeepers" controll the area (that is, if they're not too busy extracting money from travellers and in the meanwhile drinking vodka)
    Ever since the war the infrastructure decayed but still it seems like the Soviet-Union never really stopped to exist. In the capital Sxinkvali you'll still see bulletholes everywhere. The big hotel "alana" is not very expensive (2$) yet you have to deal with a lack of running water and drunken Russian soldiers as your neighbours. YOU will be the real attraction here it it seems like the entire town came to see you, talk to you, touch you and invite you for vodka. Even more extreme was Kvaisa in the mountains, a city entirely made up of very decayed buildings in an alpine surrounding and an old mine. the surroundings of the village Ruk are even more spectacular and its easy to reach on the main road to Vladikavkaz, but the locals don't seem too welcoming, very much on the contrary to Kvaisa where, without exaggeration, the entire town gathered to meet us.
    South of Sxinkvali there's a giant market with products smuggled from Russia where a lot of georgians come to shop. Especially Russian-made products such as kaviar are very cheap (1.5$ for 120 gram). You can reach the market and Sxinkvali from Gori

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    All of Georgia is off the beaten path!

    by maykal Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    The whole of Georgia is off the beaten path, but wherever you go in Georgia, you'll be faced with the unexpected. On a day trip in Kakheti region, we came upon this odd statue by the village of Nukriani. If anyone could fill me in as to who it is and why it is there, then please let me know...even my Georgian friends are not entirely sure what it is!

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