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Kevin Tuite – Achilles and the Caucasus

Kevin Tuite – Achilles and the Caucasus

In this paper author presents a symbolic cluster shared by the peoples of the western Caucasus — the Abkhazians and Georgians in particular — and two Indo-European speech communities: the Ossetes, who… Read more »

Zaza Shatirishvili and Paul Manning – Why are the Dolls Laughing? Tbilisi Culture between “High Art” and Socialist Labor.

Zaza Shatirishvili and Paul Manning – Why are the Dolls Laughing? Tbilisi Culture between “High Art” and Socialist Labor.

In the mid-1990s at least two peculiar art exhibitions were held in Tbilisi.  One of them was called chemi tojinebi (‘My Dolls’), no one can remember what the other one… Read more »

Paul Manning – Love, Khevsur Style: The Romance of the Mountains and Mountaineer Romance in Georgian Ethnography

Paul Manning – Love, Khevsur Style: The Romance of the Mountains and Mountaineer Romance in Georgian Ethnography

This chapter is about the romance of the mountains in Georgia, which, it could be argued, is a central Caucasian paradigm for the Georgian tradition of ethnography, since Khevsureti is… Read more »

Helga Kotthoff – Communicating Affect in Intercultural Lamentations in Caucasian Georgia

Helga Kotthoff – Communicating Affect in Intercultural Lamentations in Caucasian Georgia

Oral lamentation rituals have been frequently studies by anthropologists, ethnolinguists and cultural sociologists, and they play important roles in many cultures. In Georgia, these mourning ceremonies are called xmit natirlebi… Read more »

Kevin Tuite – “Antimarriage” in Ancient Georgian Society

Kevin Tuite – “Antimarriage” in Ancient Georgian Society

In this paper author will demonstrate that the Svans, who speak a Kartvelian language distantly related to Georgian, preserve a structurally-comparable ritual the designation of which — ch’æch’-il-ær — is formed from a… Read more »

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