Published by Nebeskey, a Kyiv-based publishing house, the first of three Daogopak volumes is titled “Tour to Anatolia”. It describes kozak adventures in Turkey.
Daogopak is a hybrid word that combines the Chinese “dao” or “way,” and Ukrainian “gopak” or “hopak”, an energetic style of folk dance associated with kozaks. According to a popular theory, the dance is a derivative of a particular ancient style of fighting the kozaks once employed.
The story is based on the life and adventures of a young yet skillful warrior, Skorovoda (which is combination of two Ukrainian words meaning “speedy water” – kozaks often had names that reflected their looks, character traits or habits). Skorovoda goes to Anatolia along with two friends, Taras Peresichevolya (break will) and Mozgovy (brainy), to rescue imprisoned fellow kozaks forced to labor in the dungeons of a new sultan’s palace.