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Category Archives: Georgia

Woman hermit near Chechnya

The BBC features an article about a woman inadvertently becoming a hermit, called by the report “hermit queen.” “The woman who swapped home for a hut near Chechnya” relates the life of Devi Asmadiredja, of Indonesian descent, who lived in Germany as a nondescript housewife until her husband, of Chechen descent, evicted her from her […]

Georgian stylite Fr. Maxime

A Daily Mail article for Sept. 5, 2013 summarizes the efforts of Father Maxime to become a stylite atop a 100-foot rock outcrop in the Republic of  Georgia, the first since the end of Turkish occupation 600 years ago.  (This article updates two previous entries on this blog: Article headline and byline: “Getting closer […]

Forthcoming stylites film

Independent filmmaker (US) Stephen Riehl of Maboroshi Productions has begun development on a documentary film titled The Stylite: A Matter of Faith, about a monk who is hoping to live atop Katskhi Pillar as a stylite in the Republic of Georgia’s Imereti region. A Hermitary blog entry refers to the monk. URLs: Facebook:!/pages/The-Stylite-a-matter-of-faith/109361395794331

Georgia hilltop hermit

This brief (1 and a half minute) BBC video report, “Monk’s Search for Solitude on Georgia Hilltop,” describes 55-year old Orthodox monk Fr. Maxime Kavtaradze’s efforts to rebuild and move into a stark hilltop skete to live alone as a hermit. A monk in a remote part of Georgia has decided to seek extra solitude […]