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Latvian Mythology - Swamp devil by Dysharmonnia Latvian Mythology - Swamp devil by Dysharmonnia
Another one of my mythological creatures.
There's a strange thing about Latvian devils - it's really hard to dig through to the real ancient Latvian devil - it's all coated in Christianity.
Devils in our mythology aren't necessarily evil, they tend to be mischievous, but are not that smart, ancient Latvians used every opportunity to fool them.
This guy is a bit different though. Swamp devils are not really that active, they are not interested in all that crap, they just sit in mud and occasionally eat a rabbit or a fawn and scare a random mushroom picker. Can't be described as agressive, but is not friendly either. They also don't talk much, anyway who would they be talking to in a swamp?
He spends most of his time under water/mud so that only the top of his back and head are showing, but as you see - he's well disguised, so people don't see him very often.
I don't know if a stork is very suitable for a swamp? But swamps are full of frogs and storks love frogs :)
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Tashmine Featured By Owner Edited Apr 9, 2015
Wow, I just found your gallery by accident, searching for some resources about Latvian mythology and I am impressed by your pieces of work!
I am Pole, doing my erasmus in Riga. I am writing a fantasy book, the story is taking place in medieval Latvia. Your gallery definitely will help in adding some interesting subplots!
Maybe you can recommend me some resources about Latvian mythology? The internet knows more about Lithuanian or Prussian, there is not so much about Latvian :<
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Dysharmonnia Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015
Thank you! :aww:
all the sources I have used are in Latvian I'm afraid. That ir probably a problem :|
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Tashmine Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015
I expected that :<
So I'm waiting for new arts, they are really inspiring :)
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Dysharmonnia Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015
Aww, thanks :) You could look up Skyforger - they are a Latvian pagan metal and they have studied our culture a lot, there might be texts in English in interviews or their website ;)
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Stealer-L1F3 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
A great drawing of our mythological devil. The stork definitely adds some life to it in an otherwise 'devil-ish' drawing where the trees are 'dead' and it's dark.

Izcils darbs.
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Dysharmonnia Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
Paldies :)
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pancaker2013 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
Cranes inhabit SOME swamps, so it's okay. :)
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WinxPossible Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist
Kind of lazy guy for a devil, but then again, just liek you said, our devils are mroe mischievous then evil.
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Odins-Daughter Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
He seems not enjoying his time on the swamp ;) But I guess it's his grumpy personality ^^
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Dysharmonnia Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
Actually he likes the swamp a lot, he hates to be disturbed :D
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SantaNiara Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Student General Artist
Latvians sure do have some epic mythological beasts ^v^
Lielisks darbs! :squee:
Hehee ^w^ Hope you have a good day~
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Inqubus-verseum Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
Epic ^^
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dARkEnStONe Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! I like it. That stork adds some "life" into the painting.
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Dysharmonnia Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
That was the main task of the stork. Apparently he's doing it well =P
thank you :)
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Uupiic Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
And I also remembered a fairytale by Kārlis Skalbe ( think it was the 'Dragon' :confused: ) where the swamp devil is picking blueberries on the forest side and complains that he's been driven out of his swamp by the ''German master''. I've always felt sorry for the poor thing...
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Dysharmonnia Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
I really can't imagine him picking blueberries with those large fingers :D
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Uupiic Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Me, neither ._.
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Uupiic Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
( christianity devils in Latvian myths are still kinder than elsewhere in Europe anyway, so I'd say all Latvian devils are weird :XD: )
Lol our swamp devils are just really, really chill in compare to others. Can't say I'd dislike that attitude, finally a creature in mythology around here who looks scary but isn't really evil because of that.

Well, I'e never really been in a swamp, so I don't know about storks, but I guess they might wander in from time to time to get a delicious little frog or two.
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ZUMzumSTAR Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014

It’s not just that our devils aren't truly evil, even the heavy influence of Christianity hasn’t changed that.  It’s or deities too. I haven’t noticed that anywhere else people would turn to their deities in a diminutive form, more like turning to relatives (parents, grandparents, godparents).  

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Uupiic Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Latvians have always done things in their own way, it seems; even with Christianity we still stayed a little bit of pagans within.
Yes, our deities are quitedown-to-earth, I would say. Dieviņš walks around among people, Laima, too, Jumis likes to hide in the middle of the wheat or rye field... Even Veļu Māte can come around for a feast in autumn.
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