A GEORGIAN mother devastated at the death of her son has kept his mummified remains preserved for the past 18 years.
Joni Bakaradze was 22 when he died just before his son’s second birthday in the village of Bashi of the Zugdidi Municipality. His father was the one who wanted to preserve the body so that his grandson could “meet” his father when he got older.
Tsiuri Kvaratskhelia used balsam to preserve the body but after awhile switched to her own methods.
“One night I had a dream when a voice told me, ‘Treat Joni using rubbing alcohol’,” she told the Georgia News. “So from then on I’ve been using wet sheets dipped in alcohol to preserve the body.”
“You must not leave the body without the sheets overnight, as the skin will turn black as charcoal,” she said.
Joni’s son is now 20 and, according to Ms Kvaratskhelia, is not afraid to see his father’s body, even “proud to see what good person his father was”.