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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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arcadian123 Featured By Owner May 1, 2015
What a creepy mythology your country have... interesting though, I'll be alert if I ever go to a church or graveyard in your country xD
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 General 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?
Quelux Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
who needs sleep any way ;-;
poor animal;s ;A;
FaceMeetsPalm Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Student Writer
Humon, you genius. You just gave me an idea for a story!
NelosMoonbeam Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I KNEW I'd be inspired by one of your works! Twas only a matter of time...
Rainbowme Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
The church lamb is seriously creepy
Draco276 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I once had a dream about carrying around a church lamb that was black and taking directions from it and then realizing it was trying to get me killed. I didnt know seeing one meant death at the time and now that dream is like 1000% creepier
NarcoVampira Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love learning from you :nod:
Kinggigasmon Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! The lamb looks so hesitant about his work...
MrTrumansToast Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
i remember reading about the tomb sow, but i dont remember what it's called in swedish... >_> do you?
JonnaJacobsen Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
Were they actually animals or have you just drawn them to be animal themed humans..?
Lizrath Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Student Interface Designer
well the description says they were animals...
grazatt Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
They look like a sinister version of Kermit and Miss Piggy
ShadowWolf37 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
soooo....since we all have just now seen a church lamb...are we all going to die? O.o
MathildasDoubel Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
they had this beleive in Germany too.
later in history they just let an animal (a rooster, most of the time) run thorugh a newly finished building, so that the evil spirits may attack him instead of the human who wanted to work or live in it.
They did it until the early 20th century in Northern Germany.

Do you know the story of the "Deichkind" (dike child)?
I don't think there are any archeological founds but it is mentioned in several texts according to my history prof.
They buried a baby alive inside the dike, when they build a new part, because babies are said to be the most inncent creatures and so, with thew innocent soul of the child, god would protect the dike.

However the only found of baby bones bricked in a building, were strongly deformed foeti, who were probably dead from the very start. probably they weren'T allowed to be buried in the christian graveyard, so the family buried them under their cooker right in the middle of their house, so they can protect their dead children from evil spirits themself.
HungryGhostXx Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
...And I'm still learning more things from you than from school. :|
Let's start on math next! :XD:
E-Dantes Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
Well, that's better than buring little children so the building would never fall.
Kalriem Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
Reminds me of a game called Year Walk. You should check it out if you're into iPad games.
Scrat-Riker Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I love learning about all these myths and legends you come across. Keep them coming! <3
lizards-bestfriend Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
I'm told there are dogs and lambs buried in our church yards from thousand of years ago who guard the graves at night, but we call them 'Grims'.
NightLamor Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
And now I just pictured someone sneaking into the graveyard, seeing the church lamb, wondering what it meant then minutes later the tomb sow killing them.
GlassCatfish Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
That certainly is an interesting tradition!
Bakasyrup Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
Oh. That's were the expression came from 0-0"
killermonk3000 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
They look like sibbies
TheAnimalMonster Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Love the eyes of them lamb ^^ am I the only one who thinks he's cute? x3
TheAtomicDog Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
A folklore where the little timid lamb is actually scarier that the big bad boar?
xTwilightWingsx Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Buried alive? What a horrible way to go. I wouldn't protect the jerks who did that to me, I'd haunt them.
Nutcase9 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Student General Artist
No kidding
JamiesPub Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
In germany people often buried (black) cats on church or house basement ground. This was meant to be a cover against the devil.
Rumour has it that in mediveal times children (of sinti or other nomad people) were buried alive too....... I donīt want to think about that. *shudder*
This was mostly an idea of the christian church.
xKlieverx Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
Hello nightmare fuel... Talk about a horrifying kind of bone yard spook...
GraphiteHeart Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
geez, terrifying times!
fuxstag Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
Think there is a swedish word for the pig. Glosly, Glosley or some thing simillar can't remember correctly. wow, that was a long time since i was thought about that one... can't seem to find anything about it on google :(
fuxstag Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
OH! I found it! It differs from th sow quite much actually. Here goes wiki translation:
Gloson is a Nordic folklore being in the shape of a pig or boar and possibly a remain from Frey's boar Gullinborste. Gloson is a big and burning sow with fiery eyes. There are sometimes description of a red-hooded person riding it. She is believed to live on graveyards or near the cairn of the fields. Gloson is said to have razor-sharp bristles on her back which she used tombstones to sharpen. Her uttermost pleasure was to run between your legs and rip your body in two.

....Hm... maybe not so much same but shit.... still crazy :D
Hollowgirl136 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Well that's a little bit morbid.
Sunnycat17 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Burying animals alive...?
Okay, first, just so you know, I really like this pic...just as you do so well on all your other drawings.
But the description just made me feel...sad. :iconsulkplz:
EmeraldFoxSeamstress Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Church Lamb's eyes stare into my soul q_q
Katrina20Lin10 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Interesting facts!
Kakareen Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
How about a doodle of these two performing their role as bouncer? I think you could make that rather funny. XD
PattyPatTCH Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
Church lamb "Excuse me sir I found a nice hole in the ground and I thought it'd fit you perfectly, so here's some oncoming traffic."
XxObscureVioletxX Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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