ANT-03
Caucasian Folklore

Convenors:
Tamar Makharoblidze (Ilia State University)
Chair:
Tamar Makharoblidze
Discussant:
N/A
Theme:
ANT
Location:
Sigur Center Conference Room 503
Sessions:
Friday 11 October, 14:00-15:45

Abstract:

This session contains papers that analyze various informal recordings of social reality: folklore, religion and artistic self-analysis. Chichinadze, Ilia State University, explores the various individual ways and methods in which artists presented in pre-modern Georgia their identities--for example ethnical, social, cultural--all of which provides us with verbal formulas that reveal the role of artists in feudal society and their cultural milieu. Mátéffy, Mongolian Studies at the University of Bonn, analyzes the Pursue of the Doe theme, AaTh 401, in the Caucasian Nart Epic and similar works: the Hungarian Origin Myth and the Arthurian legends. The presenter is going to shed a new light on the entire motive sequence in question with the methods of historico-comparative folklore studies and textual analysis. Grigalashvili, Department of Folklore Studies, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, analyzes Georgian folk and literary sources with data about the robe of Christ brought to Mtsketa after the crucifixion of Christ, and about the symbolic content of the eight-pointed stone pillar where the robe was placed. Additionally, the paper supplements the Georgian literary sources "Conversion of Kartli" and the "Life of St Nino" with data about how the sister of Elioz clung to the robe.