The country of Black Shields
We offer you a great opportunity to visit one of the most beautiful parts of Georgia, Khevsureti - The country of Black Shields, which lies to the north of the Caucasus mountain range, in the deep canyon.
Historical location of Khevsureti may be the main reason for the fact that Khevsurians strictly observe ancient traditions.
Khevsurian people are very different from the rest of Caucasian people. They are still living in tribes. Khevsurians were excellent fighters and in ancient times they used to be the famous body guards of Georgian kings. Khevsurian people always fought with small black shields and that’s why the Arabians called them "Black Shields".
Khevsurian national clothes decorated with cross ornaments are very original and some scientists consider that Khevsurians are heirs of crusaders.
Khevsurian mythology and cosmogony is rather interesting. According to the legend, their gods came down from the heaven by sparkling column and taught them various things. The gods annihilated giants with fire arrows. According to the mythology, Khevsurians were sons of those gods. In Khevsureti there are some special sacred places and Khevsurians visit these places once a year to worship their gods. This tradition and sacral rituals are still very popular in the 21st century.