Kevin Tuite

Representations of social space in South Caucasian and Indo-European ideology.

There is nothing comparable, at least in the reconstructions of early IE ideology with which I am
familiar, to the elaborate crosslinking mechanisms which are an integral part of Kartvelian social
thought. By representing deities and shrines as linked by fictive kinship-based “intergroup”
relations which cross-cut territorially-based “intragroup” units, the ideology affords both a means
of delimiting the interior from the ambiguous, potentially dangerous exterior, and, at the same time,
a representation of how these barriers can be overcome for the benefit — and indeed, the survival —of the community.