Journal of Social and Political

Sciences

ISSN 2615-3718 (Online)

ISSN 2621-5675 (Print)

Published: 07 August 2020

Georgian Supra as a Cultural Artifact

Khatuna Amaglobeli, Tina Dolbaia

Sokhumi State University, Georgia

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10.31014/aior.1991.03.03.207

Pages: 740-744

Keywords: Georgian Supra, Cultural Artifact, Plato, Symposium, Eros

Abstract

Culture as the basis of a human being’s uniqueness creates a space, where we socialize and through which its significant norms, elements, and values are bestowed on us. The diversity of the contemporary, civilized world is ensured by those self-sufficient national cultures, unity of which forms a whole, complete panhuman culture. Georgian culture is the creation of Georgian, self-sufficient nation, being shaped for centuries as an uninterrupted chain of unity. A unique manifestation of this unity is Georgian Supra, bearing the national character, national worldview. Nothing unifies people more than a feast, where guests’ social status and class are disregarded. Georgian Supra, as a subcultural artifact, is a vivid illustration of our national identity. And most importantly, it is a unity based on and oriented towards love. If we paraphrase Plato’s words, “Eros” is what turns every feast from a mere physiological act of eating and drinking to a special, distinctive event. In the article below we do not plan to provide an in-depth analysis of the work written by Plato, one of the most eminent Greek philosophers of the Classical era. Instead, we intend to draw parallels between Plato’s Symposium and Georgian Supra, both based on unity, dialogue, common understanding, and love.

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