"Mamai is my name. I am the descendant of the famous Cossack from the bard's song. Of course, I would be hard pressed to strangle ten Poles with just my trousers, but I can wield the pike quite well.
During the battle of Berestechek, when the Poles and Crimeans crushed Hmelnitski's forces utterly, I was captured by the Tatars. They brought me to Kafa, offered me a place as a mercenary for the Turkish Sultan. But instead I killed the guards and fled.
But when I returned home, I saw that all changed in the Sich."
As Mamai's story indicates, he is connected with the Cossack Mamay, a Ukranian hero of popular folklore and legend. The Cossack Mamay is often depicted carrying a stringed instrument called a kozba. Paintings of Mamay often feature violent incidents involving Poles or Jews.