Traditional cultic sites and associated religious practices in the
highland province of Pshavi (northeastern Georgia):
Mapping and documentation.
By Kevin Tuite & Paata Bukhrashvili
1. GRANTEES NAME:
International Caucasological Research Institute (ICRI); in Georgian:
Justice Ministry on 17 July 1997, registration # 03041.
3. PROPOSAL SUMMARY.
The goals of the proposed research project are as follows:
1. Detailed inventory of the sacred buildings and sites of the northeastern Georgian province of Pshavi.
2. Mapping of sacred sites for each commune in Pshavi, based on precise geographical coordinates, to be gathered with GIS technology.
3. Recording and mapping of the traditional layout of each commune, including borders, locations of abandoned settlements, and lands belonging to the shrine (forests, wheat and barley fields,
pasturelands; vineyards in lowland Georgia).
4. Video and audio recording of rituals performed at shrines, including offerings and invocations, chanting, round-dances.
5. Materials collected by the research team will be deposited in the archives of the ICRI and the Georgian National Museum.
Furthermore, video cassettes (and other materials, if requested) will be produced for viewing and use by the local communities.