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

At the Sources of Georgian Literary Tale

Nino Vakhania
Sokhumi State University

Published 2020-10-20


  • Foklore,
  • Tale of Satan,
  • Morality


Famous Georgian figure, one of the representatives of Georgian romanticism – poet, playwright, publicist and memoirist, prosaist-documentation officer, political and public figure,national hero – one of the leaders of conspiracy taken place in 1832 brought particular merit to the development of the 19th century’s Georgian culture, history and public mind Alexander Orbeliani (1802-1969). Alexander Orbeliani’s“Tale of Satan, or Night of Witches” is formal tale. As it seems the basis of it is spread myth about witches. Alexander Orbeliani applied tale for preaching morality and dissemination of national self consciousness.

It is to be noted that Orbeliani’s“Tale of Satan, or Night of Witches”chronologically was written before AkakiTsereteli’s story “Devils” and his tales. Fairy-tale character is mentioned also in other writings of romanticist, namely in the play “Kind Old Man”. Alexander Orbeliani paid great attention to folklore. A lot of folk stories are reflected in his
literary heritage.