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Unique photos of Khevsureti in 1920's
14 April, 2015
Khevsureti is a historical-ethnographic region in eastern Georgia, located on the southern slopes of the Great Caucasus Mountains. The inhabitants of Khevsureti represent an ethnographical group of Georgians. This region was never able to establish a typical feudal system.

The civil code of the community remained based on ancient traditions and values. Khevsurians were free of taxes, yet they were obliged to guard and protect the southern borders of Georgia. Whenever Kartli and Kakheti (eastern parts of Georgia) were invaded
by an enemy the Khevsurians used to send military assistance to the Kings of these states.

Although they are Orthodox Christians, they have managed to preserve their pagan cults and traditions. In 1876 Gustav Radde, a German naturalist and explorer visited Khevsureti; after which, he wrote a book about this region of Georgia.
Through this book he introduced the inhabitants of Khevsureti , their culture and customs to western readers. The most significant and outstanding places of khevsureti are Shatili and Mutso villages, famous for their medieval fortresses.