The Circle of Eternal Life

23-Oct-2015

 

A National team jersey possibly is one of the most important things for an athlete. One can just imagine what does a player feel when pulls on a jersey with national symbols and colors umong his 'brothers in arms' or how sacred those symbols can be for a fan. As rugby is a game of traditions and values the symbols and colors are very valuable for anyone.

 

Each and any national symbol engraved on jersey has its history and unique meaning, like for instance Georgian Rugby logo - ‘Borjgali’ that is an old Caucasian symbol – a rotating cross, which represents the eternity of life.

 

Borjgali is not the only symbol The Lelos carry. A grapevine is also engraved on their jerseys. And only the senior Lelos have right and responsibility to carry that symbol.

 

 

There is a legend behind this, which was brought to us by writer, publicist and veteran Georgian rugby player – Levan Vasadze:

 

In the homeland of grape and wine, Georgia, warriors since ancient times had a beautiful martial tradition, which represents the unbreakable soul and the spirituality of Georgian culture.

 

It is known, that Georgians often had to, and still have to, protect their country, traditions, faith and ways in uneven and heroic wars.  Since the ancient times, Georgian warriors, when heading to another self-sacrificing defensive war, would carry in their back-sacks a grapevine.  The warriors knew that if they fell in a battle unburied by their brothers, then their bodies would reintegrate with motherland, and the mother soil, fertilized by them, would give birth to a beautiful vineyard, thanks to the grapevines carried into the battle on their backs.

 

The warriors believed, that on the horrific and orphan battlefield, the enemies, who survived their wrath, not due to their superior courage, but due to their sheer quantity, could never guess that behind their backs they were leaving not a valley of death, but a beautiful vineyard, which would give a sign in three years to the widows and orphans, whispering to them in warriors’ voices “we are still here, we have not gone anywhere, we are coming back to you.” And that in one more year the vineyard would give a full harvest to the widows and orphans.

 

In that harvest, a grown-up boy, when working, would remember the arm of his fallen father, which he had stared at in a vineyard when little, the boy would begin to sing like his father, and would gratefully say to his mother:

 

You are a vineyard newly blossomed.
Young, beautiful, growing in Eden,
A fragrant poplar sapling in Paradise,
May God adorn you. No one is more worthy of praise,
You yourself are the sun, shining brilliantly.”

 

And the vineyard would kindly and gratefully listen to this song by its son.  And the vineyard would grant the calm to the boy, the same calm, with which it had accompanied his father into the battle, for it knew, that the back of the lion-heart would remain unseen by the enemy and the wounds and that if the warrior fell, the grapevine would return unharmed to the land in order to revive the kindness of the warrior.

 

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