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Magic stone plate from Vilnius2010-06-24 15:38
Lithuanian diplomats organized a mysterious ceremony in Tbilisi opening the place in a square of the Georgian capital where wishes can come true. Like Lithuanians, Georgians can ask providence for any miracle. One should only turn around three times standing on a granite plate similar to the one laid in Cathedral square of Vilnius. What will they wish?
It is actually quite hard to believe that a half-meter piece of granite embedded on a square of Vilnius park may fulfill wishes. Strange as it is but almost all world capitals have such places where citizens make their sacred wishes.
In Moscow it is stone ornament indicating zero kilometer at the entrance to Red Square. In Riga this is a special plate in Saint Peter's church. In Vilnius this is an old plate with stebuklas (=miracle) inscribed on it to work magic. The plate was laid in 1999 and soon became a hit for travelers and local citizens.
Now Tbilisi too has a similar plate with the inscription in two languages - Lithuanian and Georgian. Implementation of such a peculiar cultural monument was greatly assisted by Lithuanian Embassy to Georgia. Jonas Paslauskas, head of the diplomatic representation, personally attended the plate opening ceremony accompanied by Gityanis Umbrasas, the sculptor who created the original stebuklas.
Diplomatic attention to an esoteric event means that the ceremony was tinctured with politics. Georgian-Lithuanian inscription is the symbol of friendship between nations. Communicating the secret of wish fulfillment looks like a race with Olympic fire.
Georgian and Baltic politicians frequently say that Georgia will one day get rid of "Russian occupation" like Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia once shook off Soviet occupation. One may even think these countries simply have no other wishes.
Analyze this: in May Vilnius welcomed the meeting of Georgia's "new friends" attended by representatives of the Baltic states and Eastern Europe politicians from Bulgaria, Romania, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Poland and Sweden, as well as the US ambassador who jointly adopted the resolution "On recognition of Georgia's territorial integrity". Severally each country repeatedly demonstrated their refusal to acknowledge Abkhazia's and South Ossetia's right to self-determination outside Georgia.
This joint statement was needed for all these countries to show their approval of Georgian leadership's obsession.