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During pagan festivals in the highlands of Khevsureti in Georgia, why does the blood flow so freely from sacrificial bulls and sheep? “People maintain a cultural link with their past by sustaining these traditions,” says archaeologist Guram Kvirkvelia. “But some people also truly believe that in these sacred places there is a khati who is pleased with such sacrifices.”

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Camera: Leica M6
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Lens: 35mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/30 @ f/4
Weather Conditions: Overcast
Time of Day: 5 p.m.
Lighting Techniques: Natural light

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