Kevin Tuite – The Autocrat of the Banquet Table: the political and social significance of the Georgian supra

In this article the author raises important questions concerning the cultural, social and political implications of the supra. The Georgian banquet is heavily loaded with political implications, whether or not politics is spoken about at the table. Since the supra is such a prominent feature of social life, and furthermore, one that is frequently mentioned as a marker of Georgian or Caucasian identity, authors who write about this ritual necessarily engage with widespread notions of Georgianness, and find themselves – tacitly or explicitly – taking a stance with regard to such politically-loaded issues as gender, labor and consumption.

Tuite, K. (2005). The Autocrat of the Banquet Table: the political and social significance of the Georgian supra. Language, history and cultural identities in the Caucasus, 9.

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