The old kobzar is dying. With a last breath, a Cossack soul flew out of the body and rushed under the clouds. Suddenly, a path was blocked in front of the gates of heaven: the Holy Angels the Most Pure, on the one hand, and the Unclean Force on the other.
And the Devil says: “We will take him to hell, to eternal torment, for his atrocities, since in his youth, he killed many people, launched huge rivers of human tears and blood”
Angels say: “Well, no, Unclean Power! Do not be your way! He shed blood and tears not of harmless people, but of enemies attacking his land. He chopped them honestly, in battle, protecting his home. For this he owns a place in the halls of Paradise."
The Cossack soul said “The soul of the Cossack is free. During my life I was not under anyone. And now she cannot belong to anyone - neither in hell, nor in paradise ... And the soul of the Cossack is immortal in the kobza. And comes to life every time someone plays on her strings."