Defiance in front of divinity is so delectable it requires a certain fierce intelligence, at least as a starter, if not as the main dish.
For the West, it was Prometheus who stole fire from Zeus and gave it to the mortals, and whose punishment was to be chained to a mountain, which happened to be in the Caucasus, his liver being eternally torn out by the beak of an eagle.
For the Ossetians, it was Amiran who got into a rock-throwing match with Jesus. After an enormous boulder hurled past Jesus and lodged itself deep into a mountain, Jesus challenged Amiran to unearth the rock. Amiran did not succeed, and as punishment was chained to the peak of Mt. Kazbek. Amiran was a repeat offender, to use the legal lingo of his foe’s followers: the son of a sorcerer, he singled out Christians for punishment. To this day, it is said that his despair and struggle to break free of his chains is what causes the avalanches and earthquakes in the greater region.
Finally, for the Abkhaz, it’s Abriskil, who is a paradigm of complexity. An ancient hero, Abriskil killed all men with blue eyes (if ever there were reverse racism, this was it), and yet primarily spent his time combating evil for his people. He too competed with a higher being, this time the Supreme God Antsvah, claiming to be able to accomplish all that He could, such as ridding the earth of weeds harmful to the harvest. The apostles had a tough time catching him though, as he jumped between mountainside and seaside with his large bludgeon in hand. They eventually came up with a scheme: spread cow-skins where he would land so that he would slip. Chained to a deep cave for his arrogance, Abriskil warns passersby:
Get out! But before you leave, tell me one thing: are the evil still oppressing the weak? Are ferns, blackberry bushes and weed still plaguing the earth?
It pains us to answer in the affirmative: the weeds, blackberry bushes and many many more evils still plague us and the Earth. The situation has become slightly more complicated as it seems we constitute one of those very evils ourselves. On the brighter side, though, we do now seem to have the means to break through those chains of yours.
Slavs and Tatars