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Chernobog

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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) 


Art prints with this piece available on society6

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HP Scanjet G3110
Date Taken
Mar 1, 2018, 11:54:42 PM
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cool!

bring on the less well known mythology
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Colinidas's avatar
Whoa, this is a very detailed page on Chernobog! I read his wikipedia page, but it was so short! You are very well cultured! I love this! I like his glowing skull staff and the totems around him, nice work!
gordhanx's avatar
Awww yeah, long live the lord of Darkness! Awesome job on him. Looking very sinister and malevolent, with a creepy, dark atmosphere around him.
sweet-bready's avatar
Чернобог выглядит серьёзным и внушительным. Вот бы ещё увидеть Перуна, Сварога и Ладу.
DiscordantPrincess's avatar
I thought Chernobog was a giant winged creature who hung out on Bald Mountain.
seraphonfire's avatar
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.

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matmax426's avatar
SLAWA FROM POLAND!
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ViktorCarroll's avatar
Побольше бы славянской мифологии)
LordScorpion12's avatar
Looks like I should research Slavic mythology now
LordMearln's avatar
This is magnificient and it makes me want to observe Slavic mythology even more...
Noctis-Corvus's avatar
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. : )
Mistralka's avatar
I voted Slavic, Greek is overrated X3 Loved this piece <3
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Colebane's avatar
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.
Were you inspired  by Stuart Littlejohn? The art style looks familiar.
Karameel's avatar
Goryn Zmeevich? You mean Zmey Gorynych? ;) Awesome art, great job done! Plus thanks for description!
IrenHorrors's avatar
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 
Karameel's avatar
Oh no, thank you for explanation!
And can't wait for more ;)
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 :)
Vsieger's avatar
so much dark...i loVe it >:3
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