The Cossack Mamay
The history of the Ukrainian people is a story of struggle. Permanent war, the daily struggle with the enemy - be it the Polish gentry or Tatar raids - tempered by peace-loving Ukrainian people. And the Ukrainian land bore the warrior-defender.
The Cossack Mamay is a collective image of the Cossack knight. At the time the image Cossack Mamay present in many homes. He was regarded as a nostalgic way of lost glory and freedom, protecting homes. Most popular image Cossack Mamay compete even with the icons.
The Cossack Mamay - a kind of embodiment of the Ukrainian character, the image of freedom, stability and immortality of the people. It is hard to say why, but the image of the Cossack Mamay not sung in the songs. He embodied only in the fine arts of Ukrainians, while maintaining a significant share of the Ukrainian history.