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Tomb Sow and Church Lamb by humon Tomb Sow and Church Lamb by humon
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In Scandinavia it was an old pagan tradition to bury an animal alive under a house. The belief was that it would then haunt the house and keep it clean of other spirits.

While there has never been found any written records or animal bones under a church, people non the less thought the church had picked up the tradition, and they thought these Christian "spirit animals" were more powerful than any.

The tomb sow was a big black sow who was believed to protect the graveyard from intruders. She chased off playing children or simply people walking through it at night. If people saw her coming at them they'd better run, because if she caught up with them she would run between their legs and cut them open from the bottom up using the stiff hairs on her back.
When she was not busy scaring and killing people, she chased the spirits of evil people who didn't deserve to be buried in holy ground out of the graveyard, or showed the priest where to bury the next grave.

The church lamb on the other hand protected the church against nature spirits like trolls and elves. It also walked around the graveyard looking for a good place for a grave, then went out to collect a person to put in it. The sight of a church lamb was a sure sign of one's own death.
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dowhut Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
...this was a terrible thing to find at 2am on a spooky night. it feeds my mythology bone though, and still love your style OuO'
NODOGAN Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
while in personal the deaths that i am disturbed the most are the "slow deaths" like drowning or buried alive, i am no one to critize very old traditions of places where i DON'T EVEN live at, that said, i always enjoy the bits of information you give, being a fan of folklore and myths i love specially when you make this kind of art, and gotta say, the lamb's eyes are freaking awesome XD
JackieReaper Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow what kind of markers do you use?
BleedingPoeticWings Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Neat! I like how the lamb is dressed in a suit and ready for work! :3
bbb35 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
Neat! :iconiheartitplz: I love how you look up these myths and legends and then draw the with your wonderful skill :D :love:
methowwolf Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Kateboat Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh god, Church Lamb looks like a little Mormon missionary. I love it! <3
Zanreo Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice picture, and interesting story! I think I've read about the tomb sow before actually, I recall reading the part about running between people's legs and cutting them up somewhere...
bloodphobicvampire Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
Great picture and an intresting story behind it. The lamb's eyes are really haunting.

They found the remains of a snake inside a wall in the ruins of a church in my hometown in Sweden. I don't remember exactly, but I think it was for protection too.
Kapten-N Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
Did you know that sheep have rectangular pupils?
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