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Giants in Cornwall

05 September 2014

GOGMAGOG - sometimes one person, sometimes two - scarcely features as part of the Christian story, although Magog appears in Genesis as one of Noah's grandsons, and the name(s) crop(s) up in Revelation and the Qur'an. Gog and Magog are also the mythical guardians of the City of London.

Cornwall also claims them, according to Geoffrey of Monmouth's 12th-century history of Britain, and a "futuristic retelling of our ancient Cornish creation myth" recently took place on the Cathedral Green in Truro, mixed up with the Pirates of the Dream Goddess.

In this, Gogmagog (above) is the most fearsome of all legendary giants, defending the New World against all incomers. But up steps Corin, the Intergalactic Giant-Slayer, to challenge Gogmagog to a Cornish wrestling match. One can guess who wins.

While all this was going on, the nearby Café Irie was serving up its "delicious Cosmic Cornish Menu".

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