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Tianeti: Homeland of Traditions, Myths and Legends
27 September, 2015
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“Let’s not drive through Tskhvarichamia. The road is too curvy and nauseating there,” our experienced fellow traveler warns us as we begin our journey to Tianeti. The other road is quite bumpy but it’s still better. They want us to be ready for everything. They say if we get there without complaining, then we’ll have no problem traveling through any road in Georgia.

There is a legend about Tianeti and
the Iori river: At one time, the Tianeti plain was covered by a lake and people lived on the nearby slopes and mountains. One of those villages was Ikhincha, and now there is a shrine there. You can still see the ruins of the village. The people living nearby come here very often to celebrate the Ikhinchoba religious festival and pray. The legend has it that a fortune-teller living in Ikhincha took offence at one of the local priests. The priest had a son named Ioram and a daughter named Tinatin. The fortune-teller persuaded the people of the village that if they drowned the priest’s children in the lake, the bottom of the lake would open, the water would be gone and the people would be able to live in lowlands with more and better land to cultivate. So, one night the local people killed the priest’s children, and the next morning they awoke to see the lake completely gone. That is why they named the lowlands Tianeti and the river – Iori, after the names of the priest’s children.
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