Friday, June 22, 2007

Arkona: Po Syroi Zemle

Arkona is a contemporary 'Pagan Slavic' group. The video clip that accompanies the song is from a Polish film 'Stara Basn', in English 'When the Sun was God'. It is a retelling of an old Polish legend. Based on the book 'Stara Basn' written by Jozef Ignacy Kraszewski, the setting is Poland before Christianity. A cruel prince, Popiel, determined to guarantee the succession of his son, is willing to commit any number of crimes to achieve this end. He enlists the aid of the Vikings... The hero of the tale is a young huntsman and warrior named Ziemowit Piast, who is in love with the daughter of a wealthy serf named Wisz. The girl, Dziwa, however, has been dedicated to the gods. (According to legend, Popiel ultimately was devoured by mice.) Not having had the opportunity to see the film, I must rely on reviews and descriptions written by those who have seen it. There is a version somewhere with English subtitles.

In any event, this clip is interesting both in terms of the film 'Stara Basn' and the music of Arkona.

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