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Irminsul - Gel pen and Black Acrylic

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Irminsul was a pagan symbol of the Saxons, believed to be a great pillar in Northern Saxony, where people would gather from all over the land, to trade with each other, to exchange ideas, to practice their religious rights, etc. a sacred ground. With the coming of christianity, all these symbols were brought down, burned, destroyed, and it was Charlemagne himself who brought in terror, destruction, death and grief to these people and Irminsul was cut down and burned. It is believed that Irminsul was a great tree, a very old tree, this is why i have made a great tree in this drawing, because in these times all pagan peoples all over Europe used to worship trees, especially Oak trees and Birch trees and to the northern peoples the Oak was the most sacred of them all. Because trees were so important and sacred, the Christians burned and cut down thousands of forests because those were used by the pagans as an hideout.
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Sebistara Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
a very great painting.
still i wonder what would happen if emperor julian had succseed in his fight against christianity... would you think Irminsul would be still there or would it fall down of old age/thunder... or got cut down from another religious wave?
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VikingWidunder Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It would probably come down anyway I think.. there are trees capable of standing for 1000 years but it is a rarity and seldom do those end up with their initial splendor, probably would root away sooner as we might guess, but I believe more in that it would fall due to another religion.. Religious fanaticism and extremism tend to "clean"/wipout the strong symbols of spirituality of places and populations that they might conquer.. we see this in the story since it is documented, and when there are no documents, arqueology and anthropology show that to us... can you imagine if all of the ancient wonders haven't been destroyed because of religion ( any ) what we would still have to day? Would be awesome :P
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Sebistara Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
indeed.
do ya know the temple of artemis? it was destroyed by the goths. it was one of the temples i ever wanted to see. i even would travel to alexandria and learn about the old wisdom of the ancient ones. wat a waste. >:E
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VikingWidunder Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh yes I do! It was awesome o.o or at least that is how I imagine, I have only seen computer work of it after the archaeological escavations and looked wonderfull.. That happened to thousands of buildings and monuments etc. Even in Egipt, did you know that every time a new Political order and king came to power he would destroy every palace in the area of the previous ruler? Just to wipout every trace of former power and replace it with new palaces...
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Sebistara Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aye. i saw sometimes new small temples of the gods in greece or even italy, and a shrine of perkunas (the baltic thunder god if ya dont know the name) in spain... the funny part ist, there are followers of the old gods of egypt and north africa... just... they are smart enough not to say it out loud in a land where ya can get killed for that. D: they even thought about destroying the pyramids and the sphinx cuz... ya know, its not abrahamic muslim stuff. :[ but at least they didnt destroy cuz... well, all those silly tourists, good money. .-.
well, that sounds pretty shitfuckcockpissstupid. o.O that would be even more stupid if the new ruler is so old he dies right after the new palace was finished... then everything destroy again and put a new again... poor guys.
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VikingWidunder Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yeah, poor builders ;/ well.. there is still a lot of people all over the world that still practices their old ways from their cultures. We Europeans like to say it out loud, I think its because we want it to come back and we want people to know about it and accept it. But the world today has 2 main religions, Christianity and Islamic and other habrahamic very powerful religions also.. so it is dangerous to say it out loud that people still practice the old ways, even with terrorism today.. we aren't safe... its like we are living a second cold war, always afraid of what might happen, always afraid that our train or bus or whatever we are in might explode... ;s
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MissLoony Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Student Photographer
Bom eu ia fazer um comentário acerca da descrição, mas já debatemos demasiado a temática da religião para eu estar aqui a martelar nisso outra vez xP
Apesar de preferir os teus trabalhos a cor, acho que este tem bastante impacto e ficou melhor a p/b, ficou mais intenso e transmite melhor o sentimento de opressão da situação retratada. Sempre adorei os pequenos detalhes destes desenhos e o teu traço com a caneta preta :heart:
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VikingWidunder Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Muito obrigado meu amor!!! Agora que dissest isso fiquei a pensar, secalhar faço demasiados trabalhos com temática religiosa lol. Mas ainda bem ques gostast apesar de ser a preto e branco, sei que gostas mais de cor mas se dizes que tá melhor assim, tão é porque está mesmo :D. Amo-te pi, obrigado pelo teu apoio!
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MissLoony Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Student Photographer
Fazes alguns sim, mas é uma tematica que gostas e te interessas é normal ^^ e sim este trabalho fica melhor assim,dá-lhe outra "atmosfera" se é que me entendes xP
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VikingWidunder Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
sim minha pi linda entendo ^^
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Somehow I dislike that a middle east religion destroyed our real ancient religions and gods...
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VikingWidunder Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is what they thought they did, but the old religions are not dead, nor the old gods are, those ancient beliefs have been with us for at least 75.000years back in the time where shamanism was much used, it isn't because of a new religion that we have for only a bit less then 2000years, that we will forget who we were, our true spirits.
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Arminius1871 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You´re right there are many pagans all over Europe, it could be revived!
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VikingWidunder Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think some day, it will, in some countries those religions are oficial again.
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Rutiej Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
love it beautiful
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VikingWidunder Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you so much :)

normally i dont do this but, if you like my works, maybe if you have a facebook account, you could make a like on my page? --> [link]

I would be very happy for your support. Thank you for your comment ^^
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MabusTheDark Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Without diving too into detail regarding Religion, I would like to express my like for this piece. It is very detailed, and that tree is absolutely lovely. It is quite a shame that such tragedy befell the people of Europe during those times. But it is the survival of such lore and history that gives credit for how truly amazing these people were, even with faced with such a terrible foe as the Church.
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VikingWidunder Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much. Yes indeed, in those times, the church was a terrible foe, but only because its people were so blind and took the religion to its extremes.

If you like my works, you can always make a Like at my facebook page, its there where i put the works first. than you for your support!
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MabusTheDark Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I do not do any sort of Facebook, though I will certainly keep an eye out for your work. ^.^
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VikingWidunder Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you friend!
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MabusTheDark Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure. ^.^
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Hildugard Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Student Artist
The muslims did the same in india to the hindus, They would hide in the forests so the forests were razed which sped-up the desertification in the NW.
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VikingWidunder Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's such a pity when humankind scares the land for their own benefit and to their greedy minds.. We often remember the slaughter of inocent people in these times or in these kind of situation, it still happens today, but it seems most of humankind forgets about the other inocents who are lost because of our actions, all the animals and plants.
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Hammer-Digital Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Well done for putting this picture up. I feel exactly the same.
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VikingWidunder Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much :)
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VittoriaOttilia Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
the tree is very epic, but the story behind the drawing is very sad.
I come from a very religious country, sadly, and I approve nothing about the past and present Christian habits.
I must fave this pièce.
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VikingWidunder Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! Yes i understand you, anything is dangerous when taken to an extreme level, especially religion, when people become fanatical about it. The religions aren't bad, what makes them look awful, are the people who practice them in an unhealthy way, fanaticism, craziness, the need to impose and obligate others to adopt faiths not of their own or religions not of their liking.. that is the bad thing, people themselves make it bad, and from time to time even worse. :/
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Thorskegga Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Powerful image, and so sad.
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VikingWidunder Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Indeed, people called the early medieval times "The Dark Ages" but i guess before that, when Europe started to have a new political and religious power and people were enslaved by that... those were the true dark ages :s
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