The Uzunag Festival in Digoria

Every summer on the third Saturday in July Digorians—most of whom have migrated out of their native region to Vladikavkaz or other cities—return to their ancestral villages. On this occasion those with family connections to the village of Vakats (pop. 87) congregate in a clearing high in the mountains about 200 metres below a shrineContinue reading “The Uzunag Festival in Digoria”

Towers and Tombs: Remnants of Medieval Ossetian architecture

For centuries and possibly millennia the peoples of the high Caucasus have built stone towers to serve as refuges when under attack from invaders. Called ganakh in Ossetian, these towers are typically four stories tall, and have window openings which were used as lookouts and to fire upon encroaching enemies. Each family would have a tower ofContinue reading “Towers and Tombs: Remnants of Medieval Ossetian architecture”