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Sic Semper Tyrannis by bergamind Sic Semper Tyrannis by bergamind
Colonization and cultural contamination are two subjects (or maybe just one) that I always been interested in. Nothing good could result when a developed society invades (either in a friendly or unfriendly manner) a more primitive culture.

There is plenty of examples for this in our history but this image explores specifically the colonization of South America. It was commissioned by chilean band Huinca (term for the non-aborigine in Mapuche language) as cover art. The concept is a mix of a little bit of mythology with modern politics... it blends the ancient battle of the common man against an impossible adversary (like David and Goliath), which in this case is represented by a massive Lovecraftian creature; in its back, it carries what I call the "unholy trinity" of powers... war (missiles), religion (a cathedral) and economics (oil plants).

Our heroes, are representatives of the three main aboriginal cultures of the lower part of South America: Mapuche, Incas and Rapa-nui (although Rapa-Nui is in the middle of the pacific, it belongs to Chile).

All three against an all-powerful and evil adversary... will they succeed???
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smith4891 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is an old piece for you, but I only just saw it today. I love your description as I agree with you. The unholy trinity on the "titan" (if I may) is an excellent touch. You sir, are one to watch, literally and figuratively. :) Excellent work, and I can't wait to see more!
bergamind Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
there's more coming indeed!
MarsiaMS Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great concept and execution. Great art.
bergamind Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013
leppakakaklifoth Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
excellent work
Wolf-fang4 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Kinda like when the spanish invaded my Aztec ancesotrs,I have to say I don't know what we people from the continent of america did to get colonized.This is great by the way sends a powerful meesage.
bigluv330 Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
this piece is F#$%ING amazing the whole thing just blows my mind very moving regardless of the critics its awesome for real
Engkong668 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
Nice work! Great perpectives and details.
Kevin-McKee Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've never bought into the myth of the noble savage. The Rapa Nui completely deforested their islands building the Moi (wiping out more than a few species in the process), and from what I've read, were at times reduced to cannibalism to survive. The Incas were perhaps less bloodthirsty than the Aztecs, but that's only a comparative measure: they still weren't exactly the kind of folks you'd want to find living next door to you. A great argument of Desmond Morris' (from "The Naked Ape", I believe) is that there are no truly primitive cultures left on Earth, and none have existed for hundreds or thousands of years: there are only stultified or stagnant cultures; cultures that -- for one reason or another -- have failed to progress and innovate, and I have to say that I agree with him. It's mostly a lack of technological means that has kept most primitive cultures from doing truly lasting damage to their environment, not a surplus of restraint or superior virtues.
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