After the fall of the Soviet Union, many scholars observed and recorded a religious revival taking place in the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). This religious revival happened at a time when nations were re-identifying themselves from “Soviet” people to a redefined national identity. Post-Soviet nations wanted to define what it meant to be a person from that country; this included being from a certain ethnic group, speaking a certain language, identifying with a certain religion, and opposing an ‘Other’. Specifically, Georgians defined themselves as being ethnically Georgian, speakers of the Georgian language, Orthodox Christian, and defined the ‘Other’ as both Islam and Communism.
"Pig Heads and Petty Hooliganism National Identity and Religious Freedom in the Republic of Georgia,"
The Journal of International Relations, Peace Studies, and Development: Vol. 2:
1, Article 10.
Available at: https://scholarworks.arcadia.edu/agsjournal/vol2/iss1/10