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Georgia Through Its Folktales

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Full of third sons, talking birds, enchanted places, beautiful women and impossible journeys, these charmingly illustrated stories have a magic-realist, almost absurd quality, and they are told and translated with enough shamanstvo to keep you reading. In his introduction and extensive accompanying gloss, Michael Berman skilfully locates them in their historical, religious, storytelling and shamanic contexts with a scholarship that is both thorough and accessible, making it complementary to the reader's enjoyment. A nice collection. David Ronder

The Shamanic Themes in Georgian Folktales

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“In Marxist anthropological theory, shamanism represented one of the early forms of religion that later gave rise to more sophisticated beliefs in the course of human advancement … The premise of Marxism was that eventually, at the highest levels of civilization, the sacred and religion would eventually die out” (Znamenski, 2007, p.322). Though history has of course since disproved this, the theory clearly had a great bearing on what was written in the former Soviet Union about shamanism, and also on people’s attitudes in the former Soviet Republics towards such practices. On the other hand, it has been suggested that “all intellectuals driven by nationalist sentiments directly or indirectly are always preoccupied with searching for the most ancient roots of their budding nations in order to ground their compatriots in particular soil and to make them more indigenous” (Znamenski, 2007, p.28). Although this might apply to searching for the roots of Christianity in Georgia, when it comes to searching for the roots of pagan practices, interest on the part of the people of Georgia is generally speaking not so forthcoming. This impasse, coupled with the effects of the repressions against religions, including shamanism, unleashed by the Soviet government between the 1930s and 1950s, along with the recent surge of interest in the Georgian Orthodox church, a backlash to the seventy years of officially sanctioned atheism, makes research into the subject no easy business. However, hopefully this study will at least in some small way help to set the process in motion.

Gullah Folktales from the Georgia Coast

Author : Charles Colcock Jones
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In 1888, Charles Colcock Jones Jr. published the first collection of folk narratives from the Gullah-speaking people of the South Atlantic coast, tales he heard black servants exchange on his family's rice and cotton plantation. It has been out of print and largely unavailable until now. Jones saw the stories as a coastal variation of Joel Chandler Harris's inland dialect tales and sought to preserve their unique language and character. Through Jones' rendering of the sound and syntax of nineteenth-century Gullah, the lively stories describe the adventures and mishaps of such characters as "Buh Rabbit," "Buh Ban-Yad Rooster," and other animals. The tales range from the humorous to the instructional and include stories of the "sperits," Daddy Jupiter's "vision," a dying bullfrog's last wish, and others about how "buh rabbit gained sense" and "why the turkey buzzard won't eat crabs."

Georgian Folk Tales

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Reproduction of the original: Georgian Folk Tales by Marjory Wardrop

Georgian Folk Tales

Author : Translated By Marjory Wardrop
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Georgian Folk Tales

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Georgia through Earth Fire Air and Water

Author : Michael P. Berman
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Despite being located on the extreme eastern boundary of Europe, and having been frequently conquered by invading people from Asia, including Arabs, Turks, Persians, Mongols, and more recently Russians, Georgians still regard themselves very much as Europeans and it is to becoming a future member state of the EU that the majority of the people now aspire. As for the traditional folk-tales from the region, one of their main characteristics is that they are packed with action: Whilst a written, “literary” novel or short story might devote paragraphs to descriptions of people or places, these tales usually settle for an adjective or two; “a thick impassable forest”, “a handsome stately man”, or a formula such as“not-seen-beneath-the-sun beauty”. Many of the heroes and heroines do not even have names (Hunt, 1999, p.8) Safely cocooned, or so we like to kid ourselves, in our sanitised western urban environment, we tend to take the elements for granted. However, tales from a time when the Earth was new help to jolt us out of our daily lethargy, as do the stories in this collection – a number of which have never been translated from Georgian direct into English before.

Georgian Tales

Author : John Oliver Wardrop
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The finest Georgian tales and legends passed down through generations. The 43 tales in this collection reflect the breadth of Georgian tradition, thought and ancestral wisdom.

Folklore

Author : Joseph Jacobs
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Most vols. for 1890- contain list of members of the Folk-lore Society.

Ethnography and Folklore of the Georgia Chechnya Border

Author : Shorena Kurtsikidze
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The Athenaeum

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Journal of American Folklore

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Exploring the Southeast States Through Literature

Author : Linda Veltze
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A regional resource guide to selected print and nonprint materials for grades K-8 on West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Virginia, North and South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana.

Georgian Folk Tales

Author : Marjory Scott Wardrop
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The Greenwood Library of American Folktales Four Volumes

Author : Thomas A. Green
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Arranged by geographical regions, an anthology of American folktales offers legends, myths, folktalkes, jokes, and personal experiences.

Encyclopedia of American Folklore

Author : Linda S. Watts
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Presents an A-to-Z reference to American folklore with articles on folk heroes, authors, significant historical events, cultural groups, social aspects and more.

Folktales from a Georgia Family

Author : Helen Hughes Sewell
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African Folktales in the New World

Author : William Russell Bascom
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These essays, devoted to traditional narratives found in Africa and in the New World, represent the last major research project of William Bascom (1912-1981), eminent authority on African art and folklore. His intention was to demonstrate the African roots of African American folktales.

The Georgia Review

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Yes and No Stories

Author : George Papashvily
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Folk tales from Russian Georgia.