To give birth to a stone

Praying, Kashveti Church; copyright, Keith Kenney, 2012

Easter, Kashveti Church; copyright, Keith Kenney, 2012

Candles, Kashveti Church; copyright Keith Kenney, 2012

Marika Nizharadze led a tour for the International Women’s Association of Kashveti Church, a museum, and Old Tbilisi. We love Marika’s tours because she can tell a story about everyone and every place in Georgia.

The name “”kashveti” is derived from Georgian words kva for a “stone” and shva “to give birth.” The church got its name in the 6th century, when a woman accused David of Gareja of making her pregnant. Saint David denied the accusation, but people in Tbilisi gathered to stone him to death outside of Tbilisi’s walls. David convinced the crowd to wait until the woman gave birth; he said that she would give birth to a stone, which would prove his innocence. People dropped their stones. After his prophesy came true, people collected the stones again and used them to lay the foundation of a church, which they named Kashveti. In the 18th Century a new church was built on the site, and then the current church was built at the beginning of the 20th Century.


About keithrkenney
Keith Kenney is a professor of visual communication at the University of South Carolina. He is living in Tbilisi, Georgia, for a year. This blog is about several topics. "CSJMM-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management in Tbilisi, Georgia. "USC-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications (SJMC) at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. CSJMM and SJMC are recipients of a "Journalism School Partnership" program grant from the US Department of State. The purpose of this $750,000 grant is to improve CSJMM and ensure its sustainability. "Tbilisi, Georgia" is about Susanna Melo and my experiences in Tbilisi. "Columbia, SC" will be about our experiences in our home town--Columbia--when we return home. "Georgia" is about Susanna and my experiences when we travel in Georgia outside of Tbilisi. "United States" is about our experiences traveling in the US. "Films and Photography" is about two documentary films I'm working on in Georgia. One story follows how Adishi handles the rapid tourism that is being developed in Svaneti. The other story follows Tamaz Jalagania, who is a craftsman of swords and guns, an opera singer, and an extraordinary storyteller. "Scholarship" is about my current books, articles, reviews, and grants.

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