In "By the Waters of Babylon," what three clues does the author give to the identity of the Place of the Gods?
There are numerous clues throughout the story that the Place of the Gods is New York City. John, the narrator, speaks of Ou-dis-sun, the Sacred, the Long, a reference to the Hudson River. His references to "Licoln" and "Biltmore" suggest perhaps Lincoln Center and the Biltmore Hotel. The narrator finds a stone among broken stones with the letters "UBTREAS" carved into it. This stands for SUBTREASURY. John finds a statue of a man with his hair tied back "like a woman's." His name is "ASHING," a fragment of George Washington's name. John's reference to a great temple with many caves and tunnels is a description of Grand Central Station. When John returns to his tribe, he identifies the Place of the Gods as "the place newyork."
Many other descriptive passages imply a huge city that has been destroyed. There are broken "god-roads" (highways) and tall towers (skyscrapers), some still standing. The "bitter waters" are the Atlantic Ocean with its salty water. The "Great Burning" when "fire fell out of the sky" suggests a nuclear attack that left a great "Dead Place," a city once buried under radioactive material but now safe to enter