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Emma Loosley Leeming

there is the tantalising echo of the Syrian bema liturgy in the use of pre-altar crosses in the Georgian highlands (and previously elsewhere as well) as well as the use of the tau-shaped drosha offering a possibility of interplay between early Christian rituals and vernacular beliefs. 2 Accordingly

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Emma Loosley Leeming

research of Zurab Kiknadze, 9 his work is still regarded as offering a solid, largely reliable, introduction to the complex Khevsur belief system that appears to mix variants of Christian belief with an underlying pagan world-view. 10 The reason that this pagan society is relevant to a study of Christian

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Emma Loosley Leeming

Syria, Asia Minor, Rome and North Africa. Although the traditional conversion narrative places the evangelisation of Iberia/Kartli in the 330s there has long been a belief in Georgian academia that the first churches were extremely small and therefore it was not until the later fifth century or early

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Emma Loosley Leeming

exact number and individual identities are difficult to ascertain with any certainty, and thirteen is always a number with an obvious Christian resonance, but it does seem probable that there were real men who inspired Georgian stories and beliefs in the Asirieli Mamebi . There will be many people

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Emma Loosley Leeming

‘Syrian’ and ‘Assyrian’ If there is little consensus as to the ethnic origin of these figures, then there is even more confusion as to which doctrinal beliefs they may have held. Whereas most scholarship has traditionally taken the break between the Armenian and Georgian Catholicoi in the first decade of

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Emma Loosley Leeming

does not include Anton Martqopeli in the list of names despite the belief in contemporary Georgia that he brought the mandylion to Kartli. 18 In answer to a question raised by other historians including Kekelidze, Aleksidze considers why the numbers and names of these figures are not consistently

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Emma Loosley Leeming

remoteness of Svaneti and the exceptional devotion of the Svans to their Christian beliefs, albeit in a syncretistic manner, mean that the region has long been viewed by Georgians as the keeper of the religious treasures of the nation. Whilst many items of national significance elsewhere have been looted and

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Michael Bath

these was built in 1591 for two merchant burgesses, Robert McNaught and James Rynd, who inscribed the date and their initials on the building, and the local belief that it was once occupied by Mary of Guise, or that this painting was for her use, lacks documentary evidence and can now almost certainly

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Michael Bath

remembered with architectural spaces: buildings are used as memory theatres whose features and spaces function as loci for words and ideas. Moreover these ideas historically include many of the hermetic and occult beliefs and practices which also preoccupied Frances Yates. For Freemasons the building which

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Emma Loosley Leeming

assertion there is frustratingly little indication as to where this belief originated. 17 That this subgroup of churches represented something unusual seems to have been recognised in the first half of the twentieth century when it was the subject of a monograph by Baltrušaitis, 18 but his work does