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photoblog image a.k.a. Gog and Magog

a.k.a. Gog and Magog

 

For as long as I can remember the two figures carved on the entrance to Calderstones Parkhave been known as Gog and Magog. These names have occured and re-occured in religious histories and documents throughout time. They are referred to in the Book of Revelations concerned with the destruction of lands, in the Qur'an, in legends of Alexander the great and in Jewish traditions to mention but a few.

In Britain they are seen as giants, tradition dating from the times of Henry V shows them to be the guardians of the City of London and form part of the Lord Mayor's Parade. How they arrived in Liverpool I have no idea.

a.k.a. Gog and Magog

 

For as long as I can remember the two figures carved on the entrance to Calderstones Parkhave been known as Gog and Magog. These names have occured and re-occured in religious histories and documents throughout time. They are referred to in the Book of Revelations concerned with the destruction of lands, in the Qur'an, in legends of Alexander the great and in Jewish traditions to mention but a few.

In Britain they are seen as giants, tradition dating from the times of Henry V shows them to be the guardians of the City of London and form part of the Lord Mayor's Parade. How they arrived in Liverpool I have no idea.

comments (4)

  • Ginnie
  • back in Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 20 May 2008, 02:09
Whoever they are, Les, you have done them proud! I loved yesterday's perspective but this is even better!
Les Auld: Thanks Ginnie, I always thought of the gates as being the entrance to a mystical world.
I suppose everyone arrives in Liverpool eventuallytongue I agree with Ginnie I like this even more than yesterday's picture
Les Auld: Cross roads of the universe Bill, thanks for the comment.
As good as, but not better than yesterday's Les, I like the softness round the trees from the presumably grey sky.
Les Auld: A degree of mystery beyond the gates Brian, thanks for the comment.
  • Ellie
  • here
  • 20 May 2008, 23:07
"They" say things like rule of thirds, but this picture is perfect as it is, the central line is essential to show the symmetry of the gates and Gog and Magog.
Les Auld: Rules were meant to be broken at times Ellie, thanks for the comet.

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