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Antisa Khvichava
Antisa Khvichava
Birth: 8 July 1880?
Transcaucasia, Russian Empire (now Georgia)
Death: 30 September 2012
Sachino, Tsalenjikha District, Georgia
Age: 132 years, 84 days?
Country: GeorgiaGEO
Longevity myth

Antisa Khvichava [Georgian: ანტისა ხვიჩავა] (8 July 1880? – 30 September 2012) was a Georgian longevity myth who claimed to have died at the age of 132.

Biography

Antisa Kvichava was born in Transcaucasia, Russian Empire (now Georgia) on 8 July 1880. She lived in the Caucasus Mountains, in the village of Sachino, Tsalenjikha District, with her son, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Antisa Khvichava died in Sachino, Tsalenjikha District, Georgia on 30 September 2012, at the claimed age of 132 years, 84 days.

Age Issues

According to Khvichava and her family, her birth certificate has been lost. Georgian authorities have Mrs. Khvichava's Soviet-era passport registration which shows her date of birth, and her pension book that was issued in the 1960s. Georgia's Civil Registry Agency has a document from a 1980 special commission that investigated her age as proof.

However, her age has been called into question by, among others, L. Stephen Coles, a co-founder of the Gerontology Research Group, who asserted that the evidence provided implies that she would have had to give birth to her son, Mikhail, at the age of 60, but his year of birth remains unclear, and he may actually have been born two decades earlier.

Georgian birth and death registrations are handled by local authorities rather than the central government, and residents will sometimes either withhold or give false information in order to secure government benefits earlier than is legally allowed.

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