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(Music: Butterfly Temple - Hounds of Chernobog)

Chernobog (Black God, Black Serpent, Чернобог) - the main antagonist in the mythology of the ancient Slavs. He was considered to be an allegory of everything dark in the world and people.

He was born in the impenetrable gloom of Underwold (Навь) after Svarog had forged the universe. He had no father, no mother, only shadows, and echoes of the most secret desires of the first living beings became his parents. He appeared in the world as the embodiment of absolute evil, as the conciliar spirit of the most cruel human instincts and dark sparks of divine radiance. And there was no other goal for Chernobog except destruction.

All the creatures of underwold are obeying Chernobog - dark spirits, aspids, manticores, basilisks and other evil spirits. This god has unique abilities in terms of magic, which in combination with immeasurable physical strength makes him an extremely dangerous creature. Chernobog brought to the world such characters of ancient Russian folklore as Viy, Koschei and Goryn Zmeevich.

Chernobog is an obvious allegorization of the dark side of the personality of each of us. He is incredibly strong, he is practically invincible, however, without the evil of the existence of the world is impossible. Its polarity, its double-valuedness is the basis of the harmony of the universe.

P.S Most of you voted for Greek mythology in the poll on my page, so the next piece will be related to it :) (Smile) 


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:icongordhanx:
gordhanx Featured By Owner 10 hours ago
Awww yeah, long live the lord of Darkness! Awesome job on him. Looking very sinister and malevolent, with a creepy, dark atmosphere around him.
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sweet-bready Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2018
Чернобог выглядит серьёзным и внушительным. Вот бы ещё увидеть Перуна, Сварога и Ладу.
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:icondiscordantprincess:
DiscordantPrincess Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2018
I thought Chernobog was a giant winged creature who hung out on Bald Mountain.
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seraphonfire Featured By Owner Edited Jun 8, 2018
nope that's the devil! LOL :D

The music for night on bald mountain composed by Mussorgsky  was the theme of a witches' sabbath  who was also a Russian composer.

Program of the opera St. John's Night, was in three acts and became the opera project: The Witch (1860)

The following program is taken from the score:
OriginalTransliterationEnglish
1 Сбор ведьм, их толки и сплетни - Assembly of the witches, their chatter and gossip
2 Поезд Сатаны - Satan's cortege
3 Чёрная служба (Messe noire) -  Black mass
4 Шабаш - Sabbath

Mussorgsky described the piece in a letter to Vladimir Nikolsky:

    So far as my memory doesn't deceive me, the witches used to gather on this mountain, ... gossip, play tricks and await their chief—Satan. On his arrival they, i.e. the witches, formed a circle round the throne on which he sat, in the form of a kid, and sang his praise. When Satan was worked up into a sufficient passion by the witches' praises, he gave the command for the sabbath, in which he chose for himself the witches who caught his fancy. So this is what I've done. At the head of my score I've put its content: 1. Assembly of the witches, their talk and gossip; 2. Satan's journey; 3. Obscene praises of Satan; and 4. Sabbath ... The form and character of the composition are Russian and original ... I wrote St. John's Eve quickly, straight away in full score, I wrote it in about twelve days, glory to God ... While at work on St. John's Eve I didn't sleep at night and actually finished the work on the eve of St. John's Day, it seethed within me so, and I simply didn't know what was happening within me ... I see in my wicked prank an independent Russian product, free from German profundity and routine, and, like Savishna, grown on our native fields and nurtured on Russian bread.

Kinda makes the Chernobog of Disney make sense with the flaming witches in the palm of his hand, and the church light at the end. Although this Chernobog probably falls into the same evil category.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_on…
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:icondiscordantprincess:
DiscordantPrincess Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2018
Ah.
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:iconmatmax426:
matmax426 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
SLAWA FROM POLAND!
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:iconthedarkcorvus:
TheDarkCorvus Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2018
This is great !!
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:iconviktorcarroll:
ViktorCarroll Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Побольше бы славянской мифологии)
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:iconlordscorpion12:
LordScorpion12 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2018
Looks like I should research Slavic mythology now
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:iconlordmearln:
LordMearln Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
This is magnificient and it makes me want to observe Slavic mythology even more...
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:iconnoctis-corvus:
Noctis-Corvus Featured By Owner Edited Mar 7, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Reminds me of my own character; Nukke. I made him before seeing this... and now I see a lot of similarities between the two...
Really reminds me of the saying: "nothing is original anymore."

Good work though. Keep it up. : )
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:iconmistralka:
Mistralka Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I voted Slavic, Greek is overrated X3 Loved this piece <3
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:icondragonstar1278:
Dragonstar1278 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2018
Pretty amazing.
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:iconcolebane:
Colebane Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the crow setting on the head of the staff, It brings out more of that dark vibe that is going on. awesome work.
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:iconzarathystra90:
Zarathystra90 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2018
Were you inspired  by Stuart Littlejohn? The art style looks familiar.
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:iconkarameel:
Karameel Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018
Goryn Zmeevich? You mean Zmey Gorynych? ;) Awesome art, great job done! Plus thanks for description!
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:iconirenhorrors:
IrenHorrors Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
The original name of this character was Goryn Zmeevich, there is no mistake. The variant of writing his name as Zmey Gorynych appeared  in Slavic folklore in much later period.
Thank you! Heart 
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:iconkarameel:
Karameel Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2018
Oh no, thank you for explanation!
And can't wait for more ;)
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RoguePanda81 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018
Your art is really evocative, I could probably comment on most of the pieces in your gallery but this piece stood out to me - there is something about the almost calculating blank stare of this figure that is really arresting. He almost appears like a sort of reverse of the standard myth of the wise old wizard, which really is a bit different to most dark gods. This one doesn't need fire and flash to be frightening, or lots of macabre decoration - he just needs to look at you for you to know you are in so much trouble! Top marks :)
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:iconvsieger:
Vsieger Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2018   Digital Artist
so much dark...i loVe it >:3
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:iconstuff-by-mjm:
STUFF-by-MJM Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome!
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:icondragon1234567788:
Dragon1234567788 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
Supeeer ;)
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:icontaonn:
TAONN Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He's beautiful :heart:
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:iconmrmattycue:
MrMattyCue Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very cool! I find your art very educational.
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:iconfantasyrebirth96:
FantasyRebirth96 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018
Ho? This is really cool! Yeah nice work here! Keep doing more awesome stuff much like this understand? :) 
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:iconblackthorngroves:
blackthorngroves Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, amazing detail. Excellent.
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:icondaria102205:
daria102205 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the quietly menacing vibe---this is fabulous!  Clap 
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:iconthedraconian:
TheDraconian Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Student General Artist
This is really solid use of a limited palette. It reads really well! 
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:iconhappynap:
HappyNap Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018
The only thing i can think about right now is Kate Daniels
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:iconvardruna:
Vardruna Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Student General Artist
Очень круто! Примерно так я его себе и представляла
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:iconryumo:
ryumo Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Очень классный! Тыжело было в голосовании, когда любишь и интересуешься мифологией многих культур. Хочется кнопку "ДА" = ).
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:iconthe-last-phantom:
The-Last-Phantom Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Super amazing art!!!

Natsu - WOW COOL!! 
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:iconseimei-san:
Seimei-san Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous art!
Llama Emoji-39 (Eager) [V2] 
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AaronicWorksInc Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Isn't it written with letter T, as Tchernobog? In the 1997 videogame, Blood, that's how the final boss' name written. (also in the Disney film, Fantasia his name written as Chernabog, for some reason)
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:iconirenhorrors:
IrenHorrors Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I really have no idea how his name is actually sounds and must be written in English :D
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:iconaaronicworksinc:
AaronicWorksInc Featured By Owner Edited Mar 5, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sorry the late answer - my bad. But here's an audio sample, how it is pronounced/sounds like. It is from the expansion game of Blood 2: The Chosen, Ishmael's backstory.
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SigneViro Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
in polish it's Czernobóg. Great piece of art but slavic Gods usually wore red and white clothes. ;) little hint 
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:iconurzapw2000:
urzapw2000 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018
very awesome!
he looks quite devious!
great picture!
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:iconguilty-10-games:
Guilty-10-Games Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018
Love the face and beard,
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:iconururuty:
Ururuty Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018
nice
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:iconlordpendragonofcaria:
LordPendragonOfCaria Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Nice to see a genuine interpretation of this fella. Rather than just the Lucifer-like way he was depicted in ‘Fantasia’. Marvelously done :clap:
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Hand-Sam-Art Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
When I read the description about how he had been neglected throughout his childhood - no parents - that is a heavy start to his personality and the way he's re/presented ... but could make an interesting movie, showing somebody who could give him love and turn his character around!
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:iconroogna:
Roogna Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018
awesome!
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:iconniki772001:
Niki772001 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018
I feel bad because when I saw "Chernob...", I though of Chernobyl D: Amazing artwork tho!
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:iconhardwing:
Hardwing Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018
Great job!
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:iconarklilia:
Arklilia Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018  Student General Artist
He's so dark and badass ! I love him ! :love:
Very nice job ~ :dummy:
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:iconshinjiyukiko:
ShinjiYukiko Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I really love it <3
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:iconfey-fae-whatever:
fey-fae-whatever Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018
Your art is perfection. nyehhh
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:icongem-d:
Gem-D Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing work!!! :heart:
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:iconcapicuche:
CapiCuche Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018
Great art and character!!
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