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CreaTour Georgia

“World’s Cradle of Wine”,

               “Cradle of the European polyphony”, 

                                “The World’s Original Fusion Cuisine

“The Edge of Empires” and The Furthest Edge of Europe.


Picture an intellectual, emotional holiday that delves a bit deeper. One that doesn’t simply drop by top sights and major sightseeings but takes you off-the-beaten-track to see each location through the eyes of the people who know it best. And with a diverse group of people you can expect more than a personalized experience.

In this tour we introduce you to the authentic experiences of Georgia and never-to-be-forgotten views, while providing the comfort, safety and expertise that comes with traveling on a high standard. The Authentic Western Georgian tour is ready to book, there’s no better time to reserve your seat on an extraordinary adventure.

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Georgias Tangled Route To Europe

Far off on the easternmost shores of the Black Sea, Georgia is often described as a crossroads between cultures and continents – a junction between Asia and Europe that can’t be confined to one place. Ambiguous or not, one question persists: is Georgia a part of Europe? Well, it depends. Geographically speaking, Georgia is largely framed by the Greater and Lesser Caucasus Mountains, which some consider the natural boundary between Eastern Europe and Western Asia. However, other interpretations place the entirety of the Caucasus region: Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, in Europe. Throughout its lengthy history though, Georgia has favored the latter, considering itself European, despite the “is” or “is nots” of its geographic intersection.

In the 4th century, Cappadocia-native Saint Nino made the perilous journey from Jerusalem to Georgia’s ancient capital city of Mtskheta to spread Christian gospel. She succeeded, and Georgia became the second nation–only after neighboring Armenia–to adopt Christianity. Today Christianity is still a huge part of Georgian identity and culture in both secular and deeply religious contexts. Despite countless invasions and conquests by Ottomans, Persians, Mongols and others throughout its history, Christianity has remained a foundation of Georgian heritage–a key characteristic of the nation’s European identity. While Christianity is far from being an exclusively European faith, and Europe is not at all exclusively Christian, there’s no doubt that Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy have both played huge roles in the cultural shaping of the continent. 

Long before the arrival of Christianity, Georgia was a leading lady in two Greek Myths: Jason’s quest for the Golden Fleece and Prometheus’ exile. Legend goes that Jason and his band of Argonauts rowed from Greece to western Georgia (then the Colchis Kingdom) in search of the famed Golden Fleece. After gifting humans with the knowledge to create fire, Prometheus was chained to a mountain–likely Mount Elbrus or Mount Kazbek–where he was sentenced to an eternity of torture. 

However, Georgia’s European heritage lies not only in its cultural practices, but in its archeology. Just a smidge under 100 kilometers from Tbilisi, in a valley where the Mashavera and Phinesauri rivers converge, is Dmanisi, a teeny little village with enormous history. While researching medieval cellars in the area, archeologists discovered a series of bones that dated back 1.8 million years, placing the first ever humans outside of Africa in Georgia; they are often known as “the First Europeans.” This discovery has put Dmanisi and Georgia as a whole at the forefront of the earliest migrations, making it one of the world’s most important Paleolithic sites, and the most ancient in all of Eurasia.

Despite what some may think, this is not a recent “western” idea. Georgia has been trying to make strides for a progressive future since its split from the Soviet Union. In 1999, Zurab Zhvania, the then speaker of the Georgian Parliament, and later Prime Minister, boldly stated “I am Georgian and, therefore, I am European.” during a speech on Georgia’s accession to the Council of Europe. This phrase was uttered just a handful of years after Georgia’s independence from the Soviet Union–a regime it lived under for 70 years. 

Georgia’s long history of Russian occupation has rendered it untouchable in many senses. Prior to the Soviet invasion, Georgia was under the Russian Empire from 1801 through to 1918, enjoying just a few brief years of independence before the Bolsheviks arrived in 1921.

To this day, Russia has managed to keep a firm grip on Georgian politics, which ultimately led to the squash in EU candidacy. Despite all this however, Georgians proudly prevail in their desire to be recognized not just internally, but externally, as the European nation that it is. It’s true that there are strides to be made in governmental prevention of media-freedom, human rights, “de-oligarchisation” et al. But over the years, demonstrations on Rustaveli Avenue have shown that the vast majority of Georgians recognize, embrace and proactively fight for these values. And this is something about Georgia that some might say is inherently European–to fight, tooth and nail, for human dignity, democracy, and freedom, whatever the cost. 

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Sense of Deep History Entwined in Ethno-psychology

Peter Nasmyth described Georgians as people whose past is still the most valued part of themselves with determined desire to hang onto their culture.

 

Professor Donald Rayfield  wrote that “Georgian luminaries, medieval and modern, Obsessed with Georgia’s mythical greatness in prehistory and in real grandeur in the twelfth century, shared messianic view of their country”. 

 

Mythology of legendary greatness entangled with the traces of thousands of years of history of overwhelming depth gives an insight into the ethnic psychology and character: demonstrative manner of self-expression and the certain sense of superiority on one hand and humble kindness and chivalry on the other. 

 

  • Underlining the argument that queen Pasiphae, wife of Great king Minos was a Georgian woman, the sister of Cholchian king Aeetes, Georgian scientists claim that ties between porto-Georgian and Minoan cultures took deep roots with emigrations from Georgian territories to Crete happening as early as 6th millennia BC making the one of the first settlers there. 
  • Could it be possible that wine culture and possibly wheat culture and the knowledge of bronze production was taken to Crete from Georgia
  • Could it be widely recognized that Phaistos Disc (disk of fired clay from the Minoan palace of Phaistos on the island of Crete) was deciphered in proto-kartvelian (precursor of Georgian) language? 
  • Georgian scientists are working to develop an idea that the culture known as Minoan Civilization which in turn gave birth to Greek and European cultures was in reality borne out of the culture which was formed in the territory of today’s Georgia
  • Myth of argonauts according to which Greek Jason obtained the Golden Fleece from the legendary kingdom of Colchety is translated as symbolism of the great civilizational impulse that Hellenic world actually took from Colchian culture



Our tour does not at all intend to argue the legitimacy of any of the above claims - it, of course, is a matter of scientific verification. But an insight in these claims supported by some of the most prominent Georgian scholars lays out an understanding of Georgia and a curious aspect of sense of itself.

 

Question of ethnic identity is activated especially when one needs self-representation, and in today’s world with increased intercultural exchange, struggle for acculturation and an in-tuned sense of identity is indeed a central topic. People create myths and legends and write their own history to legitimize their unity and bonding to ethnic groups and to justify their place in the world. Myths, legends and their own story is key to their understanding



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Georgian Song and Dance: Sacred Hymns and Ancient Steps

In a cozy little home, just on the edge of Telavi, an eating area canopied by emerald grape vines holds a long, narrow table dotted with Georgian classics: badrijani nigvzit (slivers of eggplant with walnut paste), gooey khachapuri (traditional cheese bread), khashlama (boiled meat with local greens and spices), and of course juicy, steamy khinkali (dumplings) ready to be doused with black pepper. Suddenly there’s a pause in the ongoing supra (traditional Georgian feast), forks are placed down and voices hushed to whispers just before a poised and concentrated man breaks out in song. Two more join in and suddenly the table has transformed from a feasting place into an intimate show. Pouring out of their mouths in unison is the phrase “mravalzhamieri,” a traditional Georgian folk song and phrase loosely translating to “may we have many years.” Song and supra go hand in hand, accompanied by elaborate toasts, homestyle food, and a time to be still and with one another. 

Some 2,400 years ago, ancient Greek historian Xenophon wrote in Anabasis of Georgian tribes who prepared for battle by singing stating, “After having lined up, one of them started a song and all others followed marching and singing rhythmically". 

In the many centuries since Anabasis, and even before, song and dance have been integral to Georgian culture and national identity. Folk music extends into every aspect of Georgian life with haunting songs of mourning, joyous hymns of celebrations, peaceful lullabies, victorious ballads of bravery, and various tunes about a hard day’s work and the harvest. The significance of Georgian singing is not only defined by its various uses, but by its incredible diversity. For example, in the hills of Guria you’ll find men belting out songs in bold, colorful Krimanchuli voices that leap and bound in and out of melody in strong yodels–a stark contrast to the soft, sacred chants chorussed in Georgian orthodox churches. 

Recognized by UNESCO as a Human Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage, Georgian polyphonic singing is not only a treasure to the nation, but to the world overall. Perhaps we should even say the Universe? In 1977, NASA’s Voyager spacecrafts launched into space where they’d eventually float on to probe interstellar activity. On both Voyager 1 and Voyager 2, were a gift to anyone, or anything that might find them: The Golden Record. United States President Jimmy Carter announced, “This is a present from a small, distant world, a token of our sounds, our science, our images, our music, our thoughts and our feelings.”

On the Golden Record were sounds and images meant to convey the vast diversity in life and culture on Earth. Among the songs–which included Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, and the classic Chuck Berry tune, Johnny B. Goode–was Chakrulo, a Georgian folk song hailing from Kakheti, telling a story of battle and heroism.

Equally important as Georgian singing, is Georgian dancing. Once upon a time, an introductory greeting of “who are you?” was followed by “which dance do you dance?” to determine where someone was from. A person’s dancing style was as common an inquiry as what their surname was or what they did for work.

An archeological dig in the 1930s led to the discovery of an ornate goblet known as The Trialeti Chalice. Adorned with ritual scenes such as divine offerings to a throned deity, the Tree of Life, and carefully carved deer and stags, the chalice dates back 4,000 years. More importantly though, are the worshippers depicted dancing perkhuli, an ancient round dance performed by men, often in a ritual setting. Today, Georgian traditional dance is still preserved in amber from the ferocious leaps of khorumi, a war dance originating in Adjara and Guria, to the graceful drifts of samaia, a dance dedicated to the memory of legendary female ruler, King Tamar. Other famous dancing styles include kartuli, a warm, romantic performance of two partners and mtiluri, a highlander dance-off meant to signify the brutal competition in Georgia’s northern mountains for both territory and women–and the immense courage to withstand such situations.

While Georgian dance certainly originated in a pagan context, closely associated with agriculture and divine worship, it has evolved again and again, especially in the Sukhishvili Georgian National Ballet. Started in the 1920s and later formally established in 1945, the ensemble has performed in 98 countries, in a series of more than 20,000 performances, entertaining an estimated 60 million people. Sukhishvili even has the honor of being the first and only folklore group to ever have performed at Milan’s world famous opera house, Teatro all Scala, receiving an ovation so long that the scarlet curtain was dropped 14 times

The rise of Sukhishvili has not only put Georgian dance on the world map, but has sprung a renaissance of Georgian dancing tradition and its preservation. Since its inception more than 70 years ago, Sukhishvili has prevailed regionally and internationally, withstanding the brunt of Stalin’s Terror, the eventual collapse of the Soviet Union, and much more. This can also be said for Georgian song and dance as a whole; over the millennia, despite countless foreign invasions and a patchwork of various extra-national influence, it has both evolved and remained a central fixture of the unbreakable Georgian spirit.

 

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