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Daily Life of Bauchi Qaldani As a Village Elder

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Bauchi Qaldani, 84, smokes a cigarette in front of his house in the village of Adishi. (Photo: Temo Bardzimashvili)

In the remote mountain villages of Georgia’s northwest region of Svaneti, 84-year-old Bauchi Qaldani of Adishi is universally regarded as a wise man. And Qaldani, a village elder now in his fifth decade as a mediator and matchmaker, is still ready to dispense his wisdom whenever called upon. "I was born for others," he says.

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Temo Bardzimashvili is a freelance photojournalist based in Tbilisi.

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