Ladislas and the Cuman

This is a medieval depiction of two things:

1. The battle of Kerles, in which the Hungarians defeated the Oguz. (This is recent scholarship… previousy it was thought that the battle was against the Pechenegs).

2.  An absolutely ancient steppe story that stretches from Hungary all the way to Korea, easily pre-dating the Scythians.


Picture quality could be a touch better, but if you click it and then look closely, you’ll see that fire is coming from the Cuman’s mouth.  This is also traditional.  Kind of like Hotel California, stabbing him with your steely lances just isn’t good enough… you have to have a chick to help you win.

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