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An Ancient Tradition of Lelo (45 of 47)
Shukhuti, Georgia
By Arturas Morozovas
05 May 2013

Local orthodox priest Saba carries a Lelo ball to a church for blessing before the game starts.

A day when the rest of the orthodoxies celebrate Easter every year at home around the dinner table, a small village Shukhuti in western Georgia fights in an ancient game called Lelo. Men from upper and lower parts of the village participate in several hour battle for 16 kg weighing Lelo Burti ball. Whatever part of the village brings the ball to its side, what is marked by two rivers, – wins. Victory means a glory and following Lelo’s main tradition, the winners carried the ball to the cemetery and place it on the last died player grave. (Full article is available).

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An Ancient Tradition of Lelo (4 of 20)
Shukhuti, Georgia
By Arturas Morozovas
05 May 2013

A bus driver stuck on the main Georgian road catches the ball while it is being carried to a church to be blessed.

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An Ancient Tradition of Lelo (3 of 20)
Shukhuti, Georgia
By Arturas Morozovas
05 May 2013

Local orthodox priest carrying the Lelo Burti ball to the village’s church to bless it before the game.

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An Ancient Tradition of Lelo (5 of 20)
Shukhuti, Georgia
By Arturas Morozovas
05 May 2013

Children playing with the Lelo Barti ball inside a church before the game starts.

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An Ancient Tradition of Lelo (6 of 20)
Shukhuti, Georgia
By Arturas Morozovas
05 May 2013

Local orthodox priest (center) carrying the Lelo Barti ball to the village center a few minutes before the game starts.

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An Ancient Tradition of Lelo (11 of 20)
Shukhuti, Georgia
By Arturas Morozovas
05 May 2013

Male residents of the village of Shukhuti in Georgia fighting over a 16-kilogram leather ball during the traditional Lelo Barti game.

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An Ancient Tradition of Lelo (10 of 20)
Shukhuti, Georgia
By Arturas Morozovas
05 May 2013

Male residents of the village of Shukhuti in Georgia fighting over a 16-kilogram leather ball during the traditional Lelo Barti game.

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An Ancient Tradition of Lelo (9 of 20)
Shukhuti, Georgia
By Arturas Morozovas
05 May 2013

Male residents of the village of Shukhuti in Georgia fighting over a 16-kilogram leather ball during the traditional Lelo Barti game.

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An Ancient Tradition of Lelo (8 of 20)
Shukhuti, Georgia
By Arturas Morozovas
05 May 2013

Male residents of the village of Shukhuti in Georgia fighting over a 16-kilogram leather ball during the traditional Lelo Barti game.

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An Ancient Tradition of Lelo (12 of 20)
Shukhuti, Georgia
By Arturas Morozovas
05 May 2013

Male residents of the village of Shukhuti in Georgia fighting over a 16-kilogram leather ball during the traditional Lelo Barti game.

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An Ancient Tradition of Lelo (24 of 47)
Shukhuti, Georgia
By Arturas Morozovas
05 May 2013

Players rest during a game.

A day when the rest of the orthodoxies celebrate Easter every year at home around the dinner table, a small village Shukhuti in western Georgia fights in an ancient game called Lelo. Men from upper and lower parts of the village participate in several hour battle for 16 kg weighing Lelo Burti ball. Whatever part of the village brings the ball to its side, what is marked by two rivers, – wins. Victory means a glory and following Lelo’s main tradition, the winners carried the ball to the cemetery and place it on the last died player grave. (Full article is available).

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An Ancient Tradition of Lelo (7 of 20)
Shukhuti, Georgia
By Arturas Morozovas
05 May 2013

Male residents of the village of Shukhuti in Georgia fighting over a 16-kilogram leather ball during the traditional Lelo Barti game.

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An Ancient Tradition of Lelo (22 of 47)
Shukhuti, Georgia
By Arturas Morozovas
05 May 2013

Local residents from lover and upper parts of the Shukhuti village fight for a 16 kg Lelo ball.

A day when the rest of the orthodoxies celebrate Easter every year at home around the dinner table, a small village Shukhuti in western Georgia fights in an ancient game called Lelo. Men from upper and lower parts of the village participate in several hour battle for 16 kg weighing Lelo Burti ball. Whatever part of the village brings the ball to its side, what is marked by two rivers, – wins. Victory means a glory and following Lelo’s main tradition, the winners carried the ball to the cemetery and place it on the last died player grave. (Full article is available).

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An Ancient Tradition of Lelo (14 of 20)
Shukhuti, Georgia
By Arturas Morozovas
05 May 2013

Player greeting a teammate after a good pass during a Lelo Barti game in Shukhuti, Georgia.

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An Ancient Tradition of Lelo (13 of 20)
Shukhuti, Georgia
By Arturas Morozovas
05 May 2013

Player resting during a Lelo Barti game in Shukhuti, Georgia.

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An Ancient Tradition of Lelo (18 of 47)
Shukhuti, Georgia
By Arturas Morozovas
05 May 2013

Local residents from lover and upper parts of the Shukhuti village fight for a 16 kg Lelo ball.

A day when the rest of the orthodoxies celebrate Easter every year at home around the dinner table, a small village Shukhuti in western Georgia fights in an ancient game called Lelo. Men from upper and lower parts of the village participate in several hour battle for 16 kg weighing Lelo Burti ball. Whatever part of the village brings the ball to its side, what is marked by two rivers, – wins. Victory means a glory and following Lelo’s main tradition, the winners carried the ball to the cemetery and place it on the last died player grave. (Full article is available).

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An Ancient Tradition of Lelo (15 of 20)
Shukhuti, Georgia
By Arturas Morozovas
05 May 2013

Male residents of the village of Shukhuti in Georgia fighting over a 16-kilogram leather ball during the traditional Lelo Barti game.

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An Ancient Tradition of Lelo (16 of 20)
Shukhuti, Georgia
By Arturas Morozovas
05 May 2013

Players helping an injured teammate during a Lelo Barti game in Shukhuti, Georgia

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An Ancient Tradition of Lelo (17 of 20)
Shukhuti, Georgia
By Arturas Morozovas
05 May 2013

Players from the lower part of the Shukhuti village in Georgia celebrating their victory after several hours of Lelo Barti gaming.

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An Ancient Tradition of Lelo (18 of 20)
Shukhuti, Georgia
By Arturas Morozovas
05 May 2013

Players from the lower part of the Shukhuti village in Georgia celebrating their victory after several hours of Lelo Barti gaming.

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An Ancient Tradition of Lelo (19 of 20)
Shukhuti, Georgia
By Arturas Morozovas
05 May 2013

Players from the lower part of the Shukhuti village in Georgia celebrating their victory after several hours of Lelo Barti gaming.

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An Ancient Tradition of Lelo (20 of 20)
Shukhuti, Georgia
By Arturas Morozovas
05 May 2013

Victorious participants placing the Lelo Barti ball on the grave of a former player who recently died.

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An Ancient Tradition of Lelo (2 of 20)
Shukhuti, Georgia
By Arturas Morozovas
05 May 2013

Local residents making the 16-kilogram (35 pounds) leather Lelo Burti ball, tightly stuffed with sawdust and soil and topped with red wine. The "ball-stuffing morning" is punctuated with wine toasts, jokes and various discussions about the game.

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An Ancient Tradition of Lelo (1 of 20)
Shukhuti, Georgia
By Arturas Morozovas
05 May 2013

Local residents making the 16-kilogram (35 pounds) leather Lelo Burti ball, tightly stuffed with sawdust and soil and topped with red wine. The "ball-stuffing morning" is punctuated with wine toasts, jokes and various discussions about the game.