Tushins

Tushins

 

an ethnic group of Georgians living on the northern slopes of the Greater Caucasus, along the upper course of the Andiiskoe Koisu and the Pirikitskaia and Gometsarskaia Alazani rivers, in Akhmeta Raion, Georgian SSR. The Tushins speak the Tush dialect of Georgian (the Tsova-Tushins, or Batsbiitsy, also speak Batsbi). Their chief occupation is sheepherding. In the past the Tushins were known for several distinctive cultural features, for example, their highly developed architectural style, noted for its use of towers, and their preservation of communal family traditions.

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Prince Andrew smiled involuntarily as he looked at the artillery officer Tushin, who silent and smiling, shifting from one stockinged foot to the other, glanced inquiringly with his large, intelligent, kindly eyes from Prince Andrew to the staff officer.
The soldiers say it feels easier without boots," said Captain Tushin smiling shyly in his uncomfortable position, evidently wishing to adopt a jocular tone.
It might be said that these Tushins and Timokhins and so on are no more than fictions, that they never really existed, that they lived only in the author's head.