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Sunday, 26 August 2007 13:41
Musical folklore holds a highly significant place in the life of the Georgian people. The art of song and dance was widespread among ancient Georgian tribes. King of Asureti Sargon (8th c.B.C.) said that "in the country of Mana songs had turned man's labor into joy" (Sh. Aslanishvili, "Sketches about Georgian folk songs"). From the writings of the celebrated Greek historian Xenophon one learns that in the 4th c.B.C. the age of paganism, secular music was popular among Georgian tribes. These were military and dance songs. The Chan tribes went to war singing military songs (I. Javakhishvili, "Basic questions of the history of Georgian Music"). The songs and dances of ancient Georgian tribes had always been unique which is testified again by Xenophon: "The ancient forbears of Georgia - the Mosiniks - danced and sang in their own specific way" (Sh. Aslanishvili, "Sketches about Georgian Folk Songs").
Although for ages Georgia suffered the attacks of foreign invaders its people managed to preserve their oral and written languages, religion and, original dance and song culture with its characteristic polyphony. This peculiarity should be noted the more so that the singing of the neighboring peoples is strictly monodic. Georgian folk singing and dancing are distinguished for their diversity of genre and original style of execution whose traditions were transmitted from one generation to another.
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