Journal Amirani. 2001. Volume 4

To the interpretation of some folk customs

Author(s): George Chinchaladze

The work gives an allegorical interpretation of some folk customs. The basic idea of actions such as forging an iron, striking lightning or kicking a whip is the idea of death and renewal. Therefore, they were perceived by the people as Sacrifice, which "expelled", "tied" the evil spirit. And lightning, a sword, an arrow, a ploughshare and a bull's horn were identified with a cross - a sign of Christ's victory over hell and death. "Blacksmith" or "Hunter" is sacred metaphor implying the Saints. The patron of blacksmiths among the folks was St. George.

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