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

Georgian Magical Fairy Tail and the Psychology of Initiation

Nino Ghambashidze
V. Sarajishvili Tbilisi State Conservatoire and Georgian Association of Analytical Psychology

Published 2020-10-20


  • Fairy-Tale,
  • Initiation,
  • Psychology,
  • COVID-19


The study is based on the interdisciplinary approach of the issue. We believe that the hero of the magical fairy-tale undergoes the process of initiation. The study of the mythological, ethnological, religious, psychological aspects of this rite of passage showed that this kind of fairy-tales from the psychological perspective reflect a process of initiation of both man and woman. A child who listens to a fairy tale or myth through identification with a hero is subjected to an imaginary, symbolic initiation, which significantly helps the development of child and prepares him for future initiation.