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Categories & Keywords

Category:Travel and Places
Subcategory:Middle East
Subcategory Detail:Georgia
Keywords:Georgia, Kurd, Kurdish, Leutheuser, Rob Leutheuser, Robert Leutheuser, Tbilisi, Yezidi
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Dimensions2000 x 1339
Original file size3.83 MB
Image typeJPEG
Balgo Rasin's Funeral - Tbilisi, Georgia (2008)

Balgo Rasin's Funeral - Tbilisi, Georgia (2008)

Crowded into the apartment's small living room with a flower-covered casket at it center, friends of the deceased woman mourn. Balgo Rasin was a Yezidi Sheikh, honored both for her religious class and wise counsel. Three middle-aged male Sheikhs stand alternately at the head and foot of the casket chanting dirges. Men talk softly while waiting on the open-air landings midway up the grumbling Soviet-era high rise apartment building. Within an hour they will carry the casket down the tight stairway and the procession will continue to the cemetery for burial.