SVANETIA (NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE): MM8204

A ceremony infront of a 12th Century church in the village of Ushguli, the highest inhabited village in Europe.   Pagan rituals are coupled with nearly all orthodox rituals.  This one seems to be tied to Lamproba/Tswimnish and some historical event where Svans were invaded from across the mountains.  Now in the weeks after Lamproba they are supposed to take turns in the village holding this pryer vigil outside the church each night.Svanetia, Georgia.
MM8204

A ceremony infront of a 12th Century church in the village of Ushguli, the highest inhabited village in Europe. Pagan rituals are coupled with nearly all orthodox rituals. This one seems to be tied to Lamproba/Tswimnish and some historical event where Svans were invaded from across the mountains. Now in the weeks after Lamproba they are supposed to take turns in the village holding this pryer vigil outside the church each night.

Svanetia, Georgia.