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Bronze statue of dragons installed in Bulgaria last October

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2011-Feb-25, | 12:15 pm
posted by: frameacloud in otherkin_news

Trigger warnings for this article: rejection of a work of art, "Christian values." Work-safe.

Last October, a bronze statue was installed in the city of Varna, Bulgaria. It’s atop a fountain, in front of a swimming complex. The statue depicts a loving pair of dragons, standing on their hind legs, gently handing a golden egg from the one to the other. They were sculpted by Eugene Ivanov (Евгений Иванов).

Although their attitude is peaceful and charming, controversy arose around them because they’re such an atypical portrayal of dragons in public art. Being accustomed to dragons being used strictly as a symbol of evil, some residents of Varna—the committee of Orthodox values—organized a petition for the removal of the statue, claiming that it’s a desecration of Christian values.

In my opinion, it’s a pleasing and skillfully made statue, although I don’t know what legend goes with it, if any. If Varna doesn’t keep it, I hope they send it to a nice artistic town, someplace multicultural, where the residents are more familiar with legends of benevolent dragons.

I haven’t been successful in finding the title of the statue, a site for the artist, or any additional news articles. It’s probably out there, but it’s in Bulgarian. I'd appreciate any help.

- O. Scribner

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Video of statue from various angles, and news article source for the text (in Bulgarian).

Still photo and source for artist's name.

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blueheron

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from: heron61
date: 2011-Feb-25, 08:31 pm (UTC)
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Wow, that's really wonderful. I'd love to see it in person someday.

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from: silussa
date: 2011-Feb-25, 09:24 pm (UTC)
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I haven't been able to find a name for the statue. However, it seems Bulgaria is littered with statues of St. George slaying dragons.

Remind me never to go to Bulgaria; they probably don't like elves, either.

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from: silussa
date: 2011-Feb-25, 09:28 pm (UTC)
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Well, I find a website to translate the text, at least mostly. Here it is:

Tourists photograph a statue of two enamoured dragons,"приморски before swimming complex" in city change an egg mounted for themselves. From hers mounted, the sculpture was converted on real draw of people. This independents residents of Varna city, organized typing of signatures on abolishing the sculpture. According to the commission for orthodox valuables, whose president is Varna and Великопреславски metropolitan Кирил, the sculpture is act of поругаване of изконни bulgarian, christian and общочовешки ценн

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Orion Scribner

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from: frameacloud
date: 2011-Feb-26, 04:23 pm (UTC)
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Google Translate handled it better. Make sure it's set for Bulgarian. "Automatically detect language" assumed that this text was in Russian, which didn't work very well. I guess there are enough words that Bulgarian and Russian have in common to fool the auto-detect.

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from: anonymous
date: 2012-Jun-02, 12:34 pm (UTC)
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That's weird the want it taken down because of "Christian values" or some such BS. In Western folklore, dragons have generally been malevolent and associated with evil, while in Eastern traditions they are beneficent and lucky, but they do not figure at all or only very minimally in biblical Christianity (they did get picked up later, like St. Michael slaying the dragon, again testimony to Western dragon malevolence).

I've always thought dragons were cool, and my cousin pointed me to this statue. I think it is a particularly poignant portrayal and really, really like it- hoping it is evidence of change in the general Western tradition (which does seem to be evolving more in the "beneficent" direction).

If they really get rid of it for such an absurd, ridiculous reason (and I say this being an Reformation Christian myself), then I, too, hope it finds a suitable home among a less-whacko population. Never been to Bulgaria; the only Eastern European country I've visited is Poland, and I can imagine them doing such a thing.

anw

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from: anonymous
date: 2012-Jun-17, 10:37 pm (UTC)
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Wow fuck you all. You sound incredibly ignorant. Bulgaria is not wacko because a few ultra-religious people don't like the statue. The myth of St. George slaying the dragon is very important to Bulgarian tradition, which is probably why these people object to the statue. Not all Bulgarians feel that way though.

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KaniS

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from: kanis
date: 2012-Jul-31, 04:12 am (UTC)
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From http://montre24.com/watchmagazine/68/
"In October of 2010, in the Bulgarian city of Varna an unusual monument was established – a one-meter height sculpture, depicting two dragons at the source of mineral Vlad Dracula water that was considered to be therapeutic. These are male and female, which hold a golden "egg of knowledge" in their paws. By the way, according to Persian mythology, the "egg of knowledge" represents the Earth, and two dragons are depicted fighting for the egg, that is for the Earth. Returning to the sculpture in Varna, I’ll note that the statue seriously angered the Orthodox Church. According to Orthodox believers, this sculpture is the embodiment of evil, and two Dragons are the devil and the deviless. However, reading the discussions of the statue at many internet forums, I’ve come to the conclusion that Christians are not so outraged by the appearance of Varna Dragons. To my surprise, most estimates are positive."

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Orion Scribner

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from: frameacloud
date: 2012-Jul-31, 08:47 pm (UTC)
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Wow! Thanks, KaniS! How did you find that?

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KaniS

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from: kanis
date: 2012-Aug-01, 04:42 am (UTC)
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I think I found that article using google image search for "dragon couple egg" or something like that.

Also, I found the same video from that news site on YouTube at possibly higher resolution: http://youtu.be/uaRvVj8hW_4

And I think this is the best photo of the pair, other than that you don't see the fountain: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:VarnaDragons.jpg

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Orion Scribner

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from: frameacloud
date: 2012-Aug-01, 06:30 pm (UTC)
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That last photo definitely has the clearest view of their faces! Nice.

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from: anonymous
date: 2012-Aug-31, 08:33 am (UTC)
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The name of the authot of this magnificent statue is Дарин Лазаров. His myspace profile: http://www.myspace.com/darolazarov. If I find anything more I'll let you know.

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from: anonymous
date: 2013-Sep-27, 10:44 pm (UTC)
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People are idiots.
BTW the Bible concept of dragon is a 7-headed one (rather like a hydra in appearance) and each wearing a diadem. Those two(three:P) are NOTHING like the Bible one. Not even mentioning the pose, the message etc. of this sculpture. Is it an evil beast attacking the future Mother of Jesus? NO. It's a happy family of a couple and their unhatched-yet child. They rather remind the saint family than Satan - if one stubbornly wants to reduce everything to the Bible context.

In other sources dragons can be as well a symbol of good. A dragon is such an universal motive like nothing else. Compare dragons in those sources:
Reign of fire (wild evil beasts, destroyers), Shrek (warrior of the tower, then a helper and wife&caring mother), Witcher - book (a victim of humans, a legend that shall not be killed), How to train your dragon(pet and friend, misunderstood creatures), Spyro - games (saves the world from the evil, in one series sacrifices his life to save the world), Dragonheart(the defender of knight codex, who sacrificed to save humans), not even mentioning the concept of Draffection(strictly monogamous and faithful love that happens for a lifetime and is a strong conection of souls, minds and bodies of the two dragons) which is going to be described in Draffectill story (to be found on deviantart in Aniusia483's gallery)
There are all possible natures being given to various dragons... pure evil(intelligent), wild mindless beast, a weapon, animal/pet, intelligent yet speachless creature, intelligent creature capable of speech that defends the good, a noble angel-like creature, a goodlike creature, a symbol of true love... can have various roles, etc.

And some dumb ignorants should learn that a dragon is not always the same, and that not everything is about THEIR religion. Just because they call the devil a dragon doesn't mean that's the only dragon concept in the world.

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from: anonymous
date: 2013-Dec-27, 12:01 am (UTC)
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Dragons are universally recognized as EVIL creatures.
Worse is the premeditated preplanned final location/resting place for these evil statues.
Look where it is.
Right on top of a water fountain.
People have to go this fountain to fill up their water jugs.
This was done on purpose.
For the express intent of humiliating and subjugating the human population.
Sad and evil.

There is a Spiritual War that is about to erupt..

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