The belief is rooted both in Georgia’s conservative culture and the Georgian Orthodox faith, which does not discriminate between men and women on the topic.Not everyone observes the taboo, but it is so widespread that Georgians have even come up with a semi-jesting name for it – “the virginity institute.” The “institute” is heavily debated in Internet forums and occasionally in the news media. Rather, it is Georgian men who passionately argue for or against this cultural convention. Instead, one of our Georgian brides might be waiting for you to sweep her off her feet; she could end up being the woman you have waited for your entire life.
“This may look silly to somebody in the West, but people make choices in life according to their cultures,” said 18-year-old student Nutsa Avaliani.
“This is how everyone in my family lived and I am going to do the same because I think it is the right way.” Gender researchers say that the country’s culture of abstinence prompts many young Georgians to marry simply to obtain license to engage in sex.
This figure pales compared to rates in the United States or the United Kingdom, but the curve is sloping upward.
In Western societies, Javakhishvili noted, people tend to go through several relationships before they settle down.
“There is often a difference between someone you are really attracted to and someone you want to grow old with,” said Javakhishvili.