Vol. 14 (2020): XIV International Symposium Contemporary Issues of Literary Studies : The Silk Road Countries` Folklore
Myth, Ritual and Symbol in Folklore and Literature

The Thorn and its Face-symbol in Folk Works

Nino Balanchivadze
Shota Rustaveli Institute of Georgian Literature

Published 2020-10-20


  • Thorn,
  • Face-Symbol,
  • Adam and Eve


It is not uncommon for thorns to fall on a rose after the fall of Adam and Eve, so that the sin committed by the first humans and their expulsion from paradise will not disappear from the memory of mankind. In general, the thorn is a drooping growth of some plants.

According to one Abkhazian legend (bats, thorns and thistles // birds) we learn that the thorns spread all over the earth not for evil, but to help the brothers. He begged everyone and everything to return the lost merchandise to friends.

Thus, the role of thorns in the Georgian folklore is very interesting it is presented as a symbol of overcoming obstacles and difficulties for people, as well as a symbol of support and assist.