Vol. 14 (2020): XIV International Symposium Contemporary Issues of Literary Studies : The Silk Road Countries` Folklore
Folklore and Literary Text

Folklore Motifs in One of Vazha-Pshavela’s Stories and Shio Aragvispireli’s Novelette “Long-Eared Owls” (“Ololebi”)

Lali Tibilashvili
Shota Rustaveli Institute of Georgian Literature

Published 2020-10-20


  • Vazha-Pshavela,
  • Shio Aragvispireli,
  • Folklore Motifs


The novelette by Shio Aragvispireli “Long-Eared Owls” at one glance reminds Vazha-Pshavela’s story “How the Owls Came into the World?” Characters of both works are the wicked stepmothers. They hate their stepchildren and therefore attempt to ruin them. Aragvispireli and Vazha-Pshavela, each, develop this folklore motif in his own way. In “Long-Eared Owls” the cause of transfer into the other world, i.e. transformation of children into the birds is the desire to find their favorite calf. In Vazha-s story the cause of children’s transformation into birds is the fear of their stepmother.

The report considers interrelations between Vazha-Pshavela’s above mentioned story and Shio Aragvispireli’s novelette.