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Slavic mythology. Zmey Gorynych by Vasylina Slavic mythology. Zmey Gorynych by Vasylina

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Zmey Gorynych is one of the best-known of many dragons, known as zmey, zmaj, or zmiy, in Slavic mythology. Gorynych, like most zmej, resembles the Greek hydra in having three heads, which regrow unless all three are cut off simultaneously. He is the primary antagonist in a famous Russian folktale, in which he captures a noble maiden and is consequently slain by the folk hero Dobrynya Nikitich.

Gorynych is quite similar to the malevolent dragons of Western Europe, but not all zmey are viewed as malicious. Though lustful and greedy, Slavic dragons are also intelligent and well-respected. Indeed, many Slavic heroes are believed to have connections with dragons, perhaps most notably Vlad III Dracula, the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s vampire, whose surname translates to “son of the dragon.”

Змей-Горыныч – олицетворяет зло в народных сказках и былинах славян. В разных сказаниях описание Змея расходится, именно поэтому составить точный портрет этого персонажа весьма затруднительно. Но принято считать, что Змей-Горыныч – это говорящее драконоподобное существо, с тремя головами, с хвостом и медными когтями, обладающее способностью дышать огнем, при этом выпуская из ушей дым. Голов у Змея может быть от 3 до 12, а хвостов от 1 до 7,  в зависимости от источника. Перемещается Змей по воздуху, но о наличие крыльев сказки умалчивают. В представлении современного человека Змей идентичен крылатому  дракону с тремя головами.

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IrisFerrara Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
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lulubos91235 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 21, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Russian and German mythology cuz russia same to German and poland and other countries its like idk same to western mythology too cz crusaders killings dragons I rly dk but internet saying y abt this 
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nepindos Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2016
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TeethOfKarinaBarbie Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2016
Ну разве не красота? Я всегда любила нашего змеюшку Горыныча, а Вы сделали его вообще красавцем)
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TealSpace Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2016
Their heads are Tyrannosaurus. 
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ioana24 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015  Student General Artist
you are amazing, i didn't knew slavic legends also have "zmey", I am from Romania and we also have them, we just call them "zmei" or "balauri".  Usually they kidnap princesses, but they can be sometimes wise, intelligent and just. 
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супер!
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Cherobog Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015
Vlad Dracula wasn't Slavic he was Vlachic, Romanian language is derived from Roman Latin, and the people decend from the Vlach tribes not the Slavs.
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Reminds me of Ghidrah/Ghidorah. Golden dragon with 3 heads? Yep. King Ghidrah. Cool story.
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KaijuAlpha1point0 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016
Actually, Ghidorah was supposedly inspired by Zmei Gorynych. 
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That makes sense. Sweet. 
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Makes one wonder was Ghidrah inspired by an actual mythological creature when he was first created.
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Greek Hydra is overrated anyways
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Cool picture.. It kinda reminds me of Kaiser Ghidorah from Godzilla: Final Wars. (Best Godzilla movie ever! =P (Razz) )
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Funny, considering Zmey Gorynych inspired the character of Ghidorah (supposedly). 
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Love the attention to detail in the valley behind the creature.  Wonder what its guarding.
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