When the cedar trees get covered in lights, I like to imagine Isabelle awkwardly sneaking around at night trying to get all the lights on by morning (and the villagers hear bells outside so they look out their windows thinking santa came early but it’s really just Isabelle tripping over cords)
Kurenti in Slovenia Dondolashi in Croatia Bushari in Baranja Koledari in Serbia Kukeri in Bulgaria Mechkari in Macedonia Kolednicy in Poland Kolyadniki in Ukraine Okrutniki in Russia
Important part of the Slavic winter solstice celebration were masked processions. Younger men, clothed in animal fur, carrying horns and bells would march from village to village throughout the region, making an extraordinary amount of noise, fueled in part by the wine provided by the locals. Their primary task is to scare away evil spirits, and bring fertility to household. In this zoomorphic costumes they would represent ancestors, who came from otherworld to celebrate beginning of the new cycle with the living. In the time of winter solstice cult of ancestors and cult of vegetation are heavily intertwined.
A set of concept art images for various aspects of Call of Duty: Black Ops’ Shangri La, designed by Arnie Swekel at Raven Software.
It is amazing to see just how the artist thinks through these concepts, especially in the case of the concept-designs for Shangri La’s wonder weapon, now officially named the 31-79 JGb215.
Also, it seems that the final decision came down to either the 31-79 JGb215 model that we know and love, or this “Village Bell” concept. Amazing to think that one decision could’ve made such a difference in how we play Shangri La!
- images courtesy of Raven Software, and artist Arnie Swekel.