Niko Pirosmanashvili (or Pirosmani) is a symbol of Georgian culture (along with Shota Rustaveli, who is a master of words). He became the heritage of the world’s painting, depicting life scenes and landscapes of his native land.
The attractiveness of Georgian culture is amazing. We love Georgia for its unique singing; great dancing; a variety of stunning beauty of nature; for temperaments of dzhigits; for Georgian women, who are beautiful and intelligent; for wine; for Borjomi … This fantastic mix was the result of complex historical processes, tears of oppression and the joy of liberation. I like the idea of harmonizing the historic crucible: all nations should live in peace and friendship. Moreover, Georgia is a multiethnic country. Its main population is 70% of Georgians (they call themselves kartvelebi). They speak the Georgian language of the Kartvelian language family. However, learning Georgian culture is not easy process; you should take into account the 17 dialects of sub-ethnic groups: Western Georgia: The Ajarians, The Gurians, The Imeretians, The Lechkhumeli, The Rachveli; Eastern Georgia: The Kartlians, The Kakhetians, The Mokhevians, The Mtiuletis, The Pshaveli, The Tushi , The Khevsurians, ; South Georgia: The Djiavahians, The Meskhetians. Outside the Georgia: Ingiloys (Azerbaijan), Iran – The Fereydants (descendants of Georgians, who were deported to Iran by Shah Abbas in the early XVII century), The Imerhevs (in Turkey). Sub-ethnic groups of Georgians: The Mergelians and The Svans (resettled in western Georgia) speak Megrelian and Svan languages, Laz people (live mostly in Turkey). The religion is Orthodox; some of Georgians are Sunni Muslims (The Ajarians, The Meskhi, Ingiloys) , some of Georgian are Catholics. In Georgia also live such peoples: Armenians, Azeri, Russian and South Ossetians, Abkhazians, Greeks, Kurds, Assyrians, Udine, Caucasian Avars, Kist People. A lot of Georgian diasporas live in Russia, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, northern Turkey and Iran. A lot of things in this sound: “the Georgians”. In Tbilisi I was amazed by one fact: in different companies during one day I was told the same anecdote in which the nationality of the protagonist varied depending on the nationality of the narrator. Georgians like to make fun of each other and I think it’s very nice. Well, but when you go to Georgia, try not to take part in conversation where the personality of the real Georgian is being discussed.)))