Defending the faith…

zaporozhian-cossacks-write-a-letter-to-the-turkish-sultan-by-ilya-repinExcerpt from Taras Bulba, Nikolai Gogol:

“Greetings! So, you believe in Christ?” the Ataman would ask.
“I do!”
“How about the Holy Trinity?”
“I do!”
“You go to church?”
“I do!”
“So let’s see you cross yourself!”
“Well then,” the Ataman would say, “go join one of the companies.”

And that was the end of the initiation ceremony. The whole Sech was of one faith and prepared to defend this faith to the last drop of blood, though it disregarded all fasting periods and temperance…..

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