Sacred Beer Drinking

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These sacred Khati areas used to be surrounded by sacred farms, producing sacred wheat for the sacred beer. ..In the town of Shenako in the Tusheti mountains, a sacrificial ceremony culminates in a feast for the whole town at the top of their mountain...Pagan festivals are held annually that have Christian overtones.  Some of the elders clothes date back to pagan times. There are no priests or working churches in any of the valleys. Every village has an elder with priest-like powers. Each village has its own Khati--a couple of huts associated with their own Pagan deity.  No foreigners have penetrated this area... no Mongols, Arabs, Turks or Persians, unlike the rest of Georgia.
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