In their most important religious festival, North Ossetians freely mix the names of Saint George and the pagan God Uasturji – but should not drink too much vodka. IWPR – 28 November 2002 – “Uastyrji, grant us your blessing,” the Ossetian elder, or khistar, pronounces, whereupon everyone else seated around the festival table in the village […]
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