Petro Buyak's exhibition "Ten Troubles and Cemetery Herbage"
Today the Art on Mur gallery welcomed an interested audience who came to a new exhibition of a famous local artist. He is known not merely as an artist but also as a writer. Petro Buyak presented his new exhibition after a long pause, since his last exhibition took place in 2015.
The author and his colleagues restored unique paintings on the sides of beehives belonging to the Lendyuk family. These paintings illustrate the events of ancient times described in the Great Kosiv`s Book. Petro Buyak read it in the archives.
According to legend, the events depicted on the paintings took place when the Carpathian Mountains were not called the Carpathian Mountains, and the people who lived there were not yet called Hutsuls. God gave the people a divine sheep, but a man by the name of Trischuk mistakenly killed it. After that, ten troubles came down to the mountain people, which completely changed their life.
"The first trouble was the disappearance of gonfalons on which the history was recorded, and therefore people were left without their history," the author says.–Then the bells cracked, which were an important method of communication in the mountains. Subsequently, God mixed the earth so that people no longer knew where their native land was and who was coming from. Because of this, the fourth trouble began – the great war. "
After the war, people lost their language and were therefore forced to invent an ornament as an expression of their feelings and thoughts. Then they failed their eyesight for a while, which made them invent the carving. Because of those troubles, the mountain people listened to the outside world to understand why they were punished. Then great water came to the mountains, and 12 men took a boat and went to give their wisdom to others.
The author also told the legend of forty-seven shepherds, whom God told 58 recipes of sheep's milk cheese. These shepherds later became chroniclers. They wrote down these recipes, shared them with people and prepared the cheese.
Did these events really happen? It is hard to say, because they look like a legend. According to the author, all this is described in the Great Kosiv`s Book. And those who think this book does not exist have just never seen it.