SVANETIA (NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE): MM8204

A ritual related to the night of {quote}Tswimnish{quote} a day I have never gotten close to a clear explanation of.  BUt it involves pagan rituals outside churches and the election of a character they call {quote}Caesar{quote} who leads toasts in an old Svan home (old barn where they used to live before modern housing).  The whole community sits in eth ouse for a meal together.  Caesar is given 3 newly married women for the night who have not yet had children.  His presence with them is like a fertility charm so that they will have children.  He also makes strange noises and goes around hitting people on the head with a large oar.  He often has crosses painted on his face.Svanetia, Georgia.
MM8204

A ritual related to the night of "Tswimnish" a day I have never gotten close to a clear explanation of. BUt it involves pagan rituals outside churches and the election of a character they call "Caesar" who leads toasts in an old Svan home (old barn where they used to live before modern housing). The whole community sits in eth ouse for a meal together. Caesar is given 3 newly married women for the night who have not yet had children. His presence with them is like a fertility charm so that they will have children. He also makes strange noises and goes around hitting people on the head with a large oar. He often has crosses painted on his face.

Svanetia, Georgia.