Be Wary

Be wary | Elder Terrors | Krzysztof Wroński for Medicine

BEWARE THE FOREST SPIRIT

Be wary is one of the most mysterious legends I've come to. The primeval forest near Polanów was filled with an unknown force, manifesting itself in countless numbers - but often this ghost was seen as a man riding a bull or a goat. Numerous stories indicate that this ghost did not like those who entered his domain or lived near the forest. Who knows, maybe it is an echo from the pre-Christian times, and the Warblevian mountains covered with dense forest were the sanctuary of the elder Pomeranians, whose sanctity is remembered only by the ghost?
Who knows, maybe it is an echo from pre-Christian times, and the Warblewskie mountains covered with dense forest were the sanctuary of the former Pomeranians, whose sanctity is remembered only by the spirit wandering among the trees? After the adoption of Christianity, these places became foreign to the then Pomeranian. With subsequent ages dark forests began to populate next beings from legends - Wild Hunters, giants, dwarfs and doppelgangers. In this way, a clear border emerged, between a safe ecumenism - the homestead, the village and the nearest fields, and the supernatural, dangerous world, symbolized by the wild nature - forests, meadows, wetlands and riverside meadows. These places were not visited for no apparent reason, and there were many legends about daredevils (or fools) who did this.
Be wary | Elder Terrors | Krzysztof Wroński for Medicine

MY LEGEND ABOUT FOREST SPIRIT

"Be wary. Be wary of the forest. Its gnarled limbs, its deep roots, its withering branches silently rustling in the wind. Out of sight, where the horizon vanishes, somewhere in the depths of the century-old Warble Wilderness, he awaits."

H. A. Haas, Pommersche Blocksberge, "Unser Pommerland Monatsschrift für das Kulturleben der Heimat", 1921, p. 244-246.

MAP OF LEGENDS

Adventure Time for the summer! Here is an interactive map for anyone who would be interested in where to look for places from the legends that I have presented in the Elder Terrors collection. Many marked places are far from the main roads and traveling through rural and dirt roads do not happen to meet the living soul (especially those who are motorized).

ELDER TERRORS

Thanks to the cooperation with Medicine, I managed to implement an idea that was in my head for a very long time. The "Elder Terrors" collection is, in brief, Pomeranian fears. The ones that have been told about one hundred and fifty years ago, and which intentions were to give people goosebumps. These are often forgotten or little-known legends and stories about witches, wild hunts, giants, ghosts, and demons, coming mainly from the area between Lębork and Koszalin, collected for over a century among the oldest inhabitants of the local area.

T-SHIRT ILLUSTRATIONS

"Tell me what you wear and I’ll tell you who you are". I would describe my style as a folk horror. It is a concept well known in British literature and filmography, exploring the myth of the wild, haunted province, where the horrors lie in the very landscape, captured in rural traditions and old stories. Write to me if you need climatic graphics.