Some of the background detail in the paintings is unfathomable. At some point, we see on the right hand side a human figure suspended from a tree branch high up in the air. The bandurist/lute player pays it no heed. WTF? Beautiful tenor voice and very complex melody artfully done, though.
You’re right! It’s a repeated image. I need to find someone to tell me what it mean.
—It’s a Tartar. Some old paintings of сossaсk Mamay show him after the battle. So, it’s defeated enemy hanging down the trees. The text of thas song is also interesting – kozak’s mother throw’s him out of home with damnations. She says: “Orda (Horde) should take (capture) you… Turks should capture you… Lyakhy (Poles) should capture… Moskals should…” etc And he answers each time: “They know me well and they are good fellows of mine”—