What is Kvirikoba? Rural Georgia’s ancient festival of folklore and boulder tossing

Few places are as untamed as Georgia’s Svaneti region where old and new gods still play a huge role in local life.

Strung together by a series of remote villages deep in the Caucasus mountains, Georgia’s highland region of Svaneti is steeped in folklore, ancient history and breathtaking scenery unlike anywhere else in the country. It has led to a distinct identity shaped by isolation, much of which is still preserved in amber with hundreds of khoshkebi (medieval stone towers) still standing, an archaic local tongue, and a reputation as the nation’s fiercest warriors.

The seclusion of the region also means that religious folk traditions still prevail here with sacrificial bones

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