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

Akaki’s Fairytale “Ghamura” as an Instrument of National-Political Struggle

Elisabed Zardiashvili
Shota Rustaveli Institute of Georgian Literature

Published 2020-10-20


  • Akaki,
  • Ghamura,
  • Russification


In 1875, the poet published his fairytale “Ghamura” (The Bat) in the journal “Droeba” (№66), and in 1880 he versified it into the verse

By this fairytale, Akaki rebels against Russification policy of the Tsarist regime.

In an allegorical form Akaki severely castigated all those who betrayed national interests and bitterly cursed those who neglected native language: “Shame on him who would deny his mother tongue”.

The fairytale “Ghamura” along with other similar works of the poet of that period, made an effective contribution to the struggle for the national mood and the protection of the Georgian language.