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

Christian Traces in Svan Hymnal Songs

Tamaz Gabisonia
Ilia State University

Published 2020-10-20


  • Georgian Traditional Music,
  • Georgian Polyphony,
  • Svan Hymnal Songs,
  • Christian Songs,
  • Zari


In Svan trditional music the merge of pagan and Christian substrates are especially evident in hymn-like songs. The paper deals with the peculiar features of this stratum, that indicate to its Christian origin. These are: a. The centonization, which is also characteristic of Christian chants; b. Parallel vocal movements and synchronic type of polyphony – similar to Georgian church chants; c. Function, structure and text atrophy of the song “Zari” in relation to West Georgian examples of analogues title and genre.

The paper supposes that majority of these songs can be presented as simplified variants of the examples with chant structure.