Душан Божић - Судба древних
(Dušan Božić - Fate of ancients)
This short comics tells a story about conflict between major gods in Slavic mythology Perun and Veles. Text is written in a form of decasyllable as it was used in old Serbian epic poetry.
“Since there were the Sun and the Moon,
Mythical words had been conveyed.
When Gods ruled all over the world,
When there was no humans.
Above the treetop of an oak, up in the sky,
Situated was knyaz* of thunder - Perun.
The one that is honored by many heroes.
And down in the valley was a horned Veles,
God of cattle, God of all sorts of wealth.
He was ruler of the whole Nav**.
Transformed into bearded snake,
He climbed up, where he does not belong,
Then he took away flocks of thunderer.
When he lead cattle to the water,
He was seen by righteous god Perun.
Raging thunderer became wrathful,
So, with lightnings he was striking Veles
While Veles tried to hide behind an old trunk
Lightning shimmered and cut tree in half,
Than snake tried to hide behind the rock,
But Perun has found him there also!
Wherever dragon has been hiding
There was Perun striking with a lightning.
Finally, thunderer found Veles,
And shot him down with powerful lightning.
So light was that hit,
That he plummeted into the black earth.
Snake has fallen into the black earth,
And dark clouds arched over the sky.
Rain is falling for three days and three nights.
All of the Gods had made trizna***,
Grieving over God of cattle.
Fertile Mother Earth took him over,
And embraced him on her chest.
Ancient Veles has not died,
He will sprout along with a spring flowers.
Kolovrat**** of time is spinning.”
* knyaz is a historical Slavic title, used both as a royal and noble title.
** Nav is one of the names for the otheworld in Slavic beliefs.
*** trizna was a funeral feast of ancient Slavic religion
**** kolovrat is solar symbol and also name for the spinning wheel