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Sexualities: Practices: Caucasus
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While on the surface sexuality in the Caucasus may seem to be a relatively straightforward topic, the deeper one delves into the subject, the more complicated it becomes. Particularly in the mountains of Georgia, sexuality in practice reveals itself to be quite different from official representations of it. Central to the issue of sexuality is the practice of tsatsloba (also known as storproba in Khevsureti), termed “anti-marriage” in English-language scholarship. Tsatsloba is an arrangement by which a young man and woman sleep together without having sex. Dependi…

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Gould, Rebecca, “Sexualities: Practices: Caucasus”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 30 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0199a>
First published online: 2009

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