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THE STORY OF BRABO AND ANTINGOON

Once upon a time a very long ago
there lived a giant by the name of Antigoon
not a very kind, but a particularly nasty one.

He lived on the river Scheldt
in a stronghold made of stone
and blocked all ships from passing to or fro,
demanding a high ransom or worse.

The people of the city suffered greatly
for they could not fight the giant
and if they did, the giant would surely beat them
badly and take revenge on the city.

In the old old days, before the giant,
the city prospered with trade and traffic
all over the seven seas. Now it lay idle
and in misery and they did not know what to do.

Then one day, and a fine day it was,
a brave young Roman soldier boy by the good name of Brabo,
arrived in town and sympathisingly heard
of the gloom and doom that had befallen the city folk.

Brave, and perhaps even a little bit foolishly,
Brabo challenged the giant for a duel, and
to the immense joy and also much to the surprise of the city folk,
Brabo beat Antigoon.

As a token of his victory,
and to make sure that Antingoon
would never no more demand ransom
or block the river gateway,
Brabo then proceede to cut off
the giant's hand
and throw it into the river.

The people of the city rejoiced
and a merry time was hed by all,
involving beer, meat
and dancing in the street.

And this is the story of how Antwerp got its name.
"(H)and" is hand, "werpen" means throwing...
and the city was named after the hand thrown into the river.

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Above a highly personal retelling of the myth about the origins of the name Antwerpen. It's not terribly scientific and there are other, more boring explanations of where the name came from...but this is my favourite.

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THIS PICTURE shows the statue of Brabo throwing the hand of Antingoon. It is located in the middle of the Grote Markt (Grand Market) in front of the Antwerp City Hall.

Funny thing is: the statue of Brabo throws the hand away from the river! My favourite story here is that this was done on purpose to annoy our mayor, so he'd look at Brabo's backside everytime he opens the window of his office!

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Follow-up picture to my corona-themed previous post, which showed you the wider view from pretty much the same location. Here's a closer view and a shot of optimism. Yes we can!

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