Viyevichs - children of Viy, Chernobog - Koshchey the Immortal son, from the previous world
Viyevichs were children of Viy - the son of Black Dragon, Chernobog or Koshchey the Immortal. Slavic legends narrate that Viyevichs inhabited underground, namely under the Ural, Caucasian mounts and possiblly in Russian North.
However, Chernobog, the father of Viy, lived on the surface of Earth earlier, but then he was overthrown to the abyss after defeat of his tribe or race in the fight with fair gods led by the supreme god Svarog or the god of light Semargl, the son of Svarog. In the result of this war the First world - the world in which there were no people yet - had been destroyed.
Dragon Indrik, igneous serpent Volh, the son of Indrik and Mother of the Row Earth, and dragon Paraskeja (Paraskeya), the wife of Indrik were other inhabitats of that former world. However, legends are not so concrete in this respect. They also "send" Volh and Paraskeja in the subterranean world and put Volh over "force subterranean", including Viy.
Appearance and lifestyle of viyevichs
Slavonic legends contain not enough information on appearance and life-style of Viyevichs - they are associated with only all bad, black and ugly. The descriptions of separate representatives of this race - Chernobog, Viy, Svjatogor (Svyatogor), son of Viy, are too foggy and extremely mythologized. Most likely, it can explain that we have exclusively oral legends in the form of bylinas, songs and folktales, and secondary written sources from annals, lectures, chronicles, compositions of the byzantian authors whereas ancient written sources, sculptures, ceremonials and customs were intelligently destroyed throughout almost the whole millenary (almost all remaining old slavonic books have been burned during the reign of the grandfather and father of Peter I, tsars Michael Fedorovich and Alexey Mihajlovich Romanovs).
Viyevichs - gigantic manyarmed and manyheaded snakes - werewolves
Trying to reconstruct appearance of Viyevichs, anybody pay attention at once to duplicity of Viyevichs accordind to their description in legends. So, Chernobog is characterized that in the form of gigantic thousand-headed "Dragon fierce, Dragon Black, many-headed"; "at that Dragon one thousand heads, at that Dragon one thousand tailings", that in the form of a person or a demon with human features. His army in fight with gods appear as multitude of many-headed dragons - "dragons fierce, many-headed". At the same time, there exists the images of some viyevichs in national arts and crafts where they have humanoid features. So, Chernobog was imaged in the form of a humanoid idol dyeed in black colour with silvered whiskers. He was dressed in an armour or a chain armour, a helmet and wore a spear and a metallic shield. Ancient slavs commited in front of him bloody sacrifices (killed captives, slaves and horses) before beginning of the major acts particularly before military marching.
Viy. The eye of Viy
Viy was imaged as a huge shapeless monster with brows and eyelids down to the land through which he could not see anything. But if several athletes, usually twelve, succeeded to raise his brows and eyelids by ferrous fork nothing could be concealed from his awesome look: one glance of Viy slayed people, destroyed and burnt cities and countries.
Viyevichs - giants
Giants Gorynjas-Viyevichs were sons of Viy. Svjatogor was one of such giants who was hardly holded by the Earth. Mountain giant Goryn which was a prototype of Zmey (Serpent) Gorynych, the hero of Russian bylinas and folktales, was another son of Viy. Athletes - giants Dubynja (Dubynya) and Usynja (Usynya) - they also sometimes associated with a serpent or a dragon - giantess Zlatogorka, the goddess of death Burja (Storm) Jaga and other fantastic characters were other sons of Viy.
Werewolvesness, immortality and magic capacities of viyevichs
All or separate viyevichs, for example, Volh, were werewolfs. They could receive appearance of various animals and birds, human beings and multiheaded dragons.
Were they immortal? On the one hand, it seems it was evidenced of the "title" of Koshchey Immortal and very long life of Volh, Viy, Svjatogor and other viyevichs, on the other hand, fair gods had not allowed them to taste rejuvenating apples of immortality in Iriy, or slavonic Paradise. At least, so narrate slavonic legends.
Viyevichs were often attributed by magic capacities. Viy furthermore was if not the twin but, at least, the "cousin" of fomor Ballor. And one more important detail. Many legends tell about poisonousness of viyevichs.
Viyevichs - descendants of snakes, perfect farmers
All slavonic legends name viyevichs by descendants of snakes which are considered as black gods or demons (demons-snakes). Snakes leading by Black Dragon fighted on the land against fair gods led by Svarog, Semargl or Diy. As the result of this battle the First world had been destroyed, and demons-snakes after their defeat descended under the land.
Viyevichs (rather their serpentlike grandparents) were perfect farmers in the old, destroyed, world. For example, Koshchej Immortal was considered by slavs as god of agriculture. And snakes, viyevichs and Volh themselves belonged to children of Mother of the Row Earth - goddesses of land and fertility.
See my photos of serpent-like creatures in the section "Disappeared inhabitants of the Earth in the sculpture and painting of Thailand and Cambodia"
© A.V.Koltypin, 2009
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The section "Aboriginal inhabitants"
Read my works "Great antediluvian civilizations of Fomorians, Rakshasas, Viyevichs and Nagas. General characteristic and their role in the world history" and "Giants and titans - predecessors and contemporaries of people. What was the growth of gods and demons?"