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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

It's called lelo and is only played in one village in Georgia

(photo: Justyna Mielnikiewicz)

"You can't play it with a hangover and you can't play it sober," said Shukhuti villager, Lena Xvinoishvili. Same thing applies to writing about it....

There is no referee, because there are no rules.

There are no time-outs and no limit to the number of participants, although children are discouraged.

The game is called lelo, and, despite periodic attempts to ban it, it has been played since time immemorial exclusively in this western Georgian village every year on Orthodox Easter Sunday.

"If you fall on the asphalt, we stop the game to help you up – sometimes," says Dursun Abkhadze, Shukhuti's octogenarian blacksmith and a former lelo competitor.

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laura c. said...

I enjoyed your story. A great example of the endurance/ persistance of Georgian culture.

Anthony (Tony) Hanmer said...

Hi Paul,
I'm about to link to your blog from mine in Ushguli:
How about doing the same?

Tony Hanmer

Anonymous said...

I burst out laughing when I saw this:

Pot calling the kettle black!!

("It takes one to know one.")

("People who live in glass houses should not throw stones.")

("To see a little straw in other's eye, and not to notice a log in his own.")

(The pot is criticising the kettle for becoming something the pot has always been. The pot was black but the kettle shiny, the pot sees its own reflection in the shiny surface of the kettle and claims that the kettle, not it, was black.)

(It suggests a certain blindness to one's personal characteristics. The pot calling the kettle black, the pot does not realize that it is describing itself.)

paul rimple said...

Thanks Laura!