Mother of Georgia Changes Her Sword

This is an artwork by Bonna Dea Asatiani called “Jedi of Georgia” which stems from the name of prominent Georgian monumental sculpture “Mother of Georgia”.

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In Georgian, “Mother of Georgia” will sound like “qartlis deda”.
And “Jedi of Georgia” will be “qartlis jedai”.

However, not all non-Georgian speakers can follow that joke, which is reasonable. And the real “Mother of Georgia” looks like this:

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According to an official version, “Mother of Georgia” symbolizes the Georgian national character: in her left hand she holds a bowl of wine to greet those who come as friends, and in her right hand is a sword for those who come as enemies.

However, deeper introspection of the statue will show perception of women in traditional soviet nationalist society of Wunderland as a sexless, family-dedicated creature, with a primary mission of self-sacrifice and outdated bravado. Due to this, the statue has actually been inspiration of many jokes, especially among younger generation of Wunderland.

In fact, the “heroic mother” narrative was quite popular in the Soviet monumental sculpture. To see more “iron mothers”, please check this article by Georgian Journal.

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