Gamarjoba everyone! Pleasure to have you back here. This is part of our myth series, where we will take a look at different myths of Georgian origin, that involve Georgians, or are just plain old awesome Georgian tales. This time we’ll be taking a look at the legendary Warrior hero, akin to the likes of Achilles, and chained just like Prometheus, Amiran! We’ll be reading the story of Amiran, translated by Shorena Kurtsikidze and Vakhtang Chikovani, followed by a discussion with Brendan. Enjoy!
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Amiran, chained with Kursha Amiran the Georgian Prometheus Statue of Amiran in eastern Georgia Goddess Dali Ushba, where Dali resides Khvamli Mountain where Amiran is imprisoned Dali Picture: An illustration of the Svan goddess Dali by the Svan artist Vakhtang Oniani. Cover of a Georgian translation of the Svan ballad გივერგილ/Givergil, published in 1969. Copyright Owner: Vakhtang Oniani Original publication: Cover of a Georgian translation of the Svan ballad გივერგილ/Givergil. Ushba Picture MaxBenidze, CC BY-SA 4.0 < https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons Amiran Picture khalampre, CC BY-SA 2.0 < https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons Amirani Chained with Kursha https://www.deviantart.com/unita-n/art/Amiraniani-Chained-Amirani-333553186 Amiran Fire statue Berman, M. & Kalandadze, K. & Kuparadze, George & Rusieshvili, Manana. (2011). Georgia through its legends, folklore and people. Roberto Strauss, CC BY-SA 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Georgian Myths and Folktales translated from Georgian by Shorena Kurtsikidze
The Georgians by David Marshall Lang
Georgia in Antiquity: A History of Colchis and Transcaucasian Iberia 550 BC – AD 562 by David Braund
Berman, M. & Kalandadze, K. & Kuparadze, George & Rusieshvili, Manana. (2011). Georgia through its legends, folklore and people.
The Myths of Prometheus and the Black Sea Region, Conflicting Versions, Shifting Paradigms by Cleo Protokhristova
Achilles and the Caucasus by Kevin Tuite
Amiran, A Georgian Folk Hero by Dodona Kiziria