Georgia: History, Culture and Ethnography (2 Volume Set)

Anzor Erkomaishvili
Series: Countries and Cultures of the World

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This two-volume book entitled Georgia: History, Culture and Ethnography is a richly illustrated, genuine gift for the lovers of European culture and history.

This book consists of more than twenty chapters in which Georgia’s musical folklore is described in detail according to its different ethnographic corners. It is accompanied by audio recordings of more than 2,000 Georgian folk songs and church hymns. It also contains unique videos of Georgian folk dances.

In the first volume, the reader will find articles about pre-Christian culture, as well as church architecture, fresco paintings, icon painting, and sacred hymns belonging to the period after the adoption of Christianity by Georgia (IV century AD). Readers will discover how unique and distinctive this culture is, and how it was developed by such a small country in the South Caucasus, the territory of which is recognized as the homeland of winemaking and the oldest dwelling of man in Europe. In the second volume, for readers interested in musical folklore and folk art, they will learn about Georgian folk architecture, pottery, stone masonry, winegrowing-viticulture, costumes and other elements of Georgian folk traditions.

Volume I

Dedication

1. Georgia in the Past: The Most Important Events at a Glance

2. Pre-Christian Era

3. Christian Era: Overview

4. Christian Era: Plates

5. The Art of Georgian Sacred Chant

Works Cited

Index

Volume II

Foreword

Part One. Folk Music

Introduction

1. Eastern Georgian Folk Music by Region

2. Western Georgian Folk Music by Region

3. Georgian Urban Folk Music

4. Georgian Folk Musical Instruments and Instrumental Music

5. Georgian Folk Dance

6. Selections from the History of the Recording and Study of Georgian Folk Music

References

Part Two. Essays on Georgian Ethnology

1. Historical and Ethnographic Regions of Georgia

2. Vernacular Architecture

3. Georgian Towers and Fortifications

4. Symbolism in Georgian Folk Ornaments

5. Traditional Georgian Pottery

6. Stonemasonry in Georgia

7. Gravestones and Lamentation Poems

8. Traditional Metallurgy in Georgia

9. Viticulture and Viniculture in Georgia

10. Horticulture and Animal Husbandry

11. Felting in Georgia

12. Traditional Georgian Textile Arts

13. Traditional Georgian Attire

References

Index

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