SHARE YOUR TRUTH
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MAMNE KORSHIA SHARES HIS TRUTH
Text by Mamne Korshia
Photograph © Mamne Korshia
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Photo: “How to sell yourself”
This is Churchkhela Shop. “Churchkhela” is a homemade Georgian product. Georgians usually make Churchkhela in autumn when the primary ingredients, grapes and nuts, are harvested. It is a string of walnut halves that have been dipped in grape juice called Tatara or Phelamushi (grape juice thickened with flour) and dried in the sun. No sugar is added to make real Churchkhela. Instead of walnuts, sometimes hazelnuts or almonds are used in the regions of west Georgia. The shape of Churchkhela looks like a candle. Georgian warriors carried Churchkhelas with them because they contain many calories. The best Churchkhela is made in Kakheti region, which is renowned as the motherland of wine.
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The culture of Georgia has evolved over the country's long history, providing it with a unique national identity and a strong literary tradition based on the Georgian language and alphabet. This strong sense of national identity has helped to preserve Georgian distinctiveness despite repeated periods of foreign occupation. The most delicious part of the culture is Georgian cuisine and Churchkhela. The state has long sought to develop the economy through tourism. Actually, tourism is developing well in our country. But according to my observation, with the mass influx of tourists our culture became an income source. The great culture became a business. This photo shows a frame where the culture of my country is for sale! And thus devalued.
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