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Who is Ashing in By the Waters of Babylon? By The Waters of Babylon

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"Ashing" is the name on the base of the statue of one of the "gods" in the Place of the Gods, the forbidden and mysterious goal of the main character in the post-apocalyptic short story written by Stephen Vincent Benet in 1937. John has one idealized goal: To journey to the Place of the Gods. He sets out through heavy woods, crosses a river and finally reaches the forbidden city, where he encounters dogs and a dead human. He returns to tell the others about what he has seen. "Ashing" is actually a statue of George Washington. 

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"Ashing" is the name on the base of the statue of one of the "gods" in the Place of the Gods, the forbidden and mysterious goal of the main character in the post-apocalyptic short story written by Stephen Vincent Benet in 1937. John has one idealized goal: To journey to the Place of the Gods. He sets out through heavy woods, crosses a river and finally reaches the forbidden city, where he encounters dogs and a dead human. He returns to tell the others about what he has seen. "Ashing" is actually a statue of George Washington. 



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it is actually a statue of george washington, which is located in new york city! the w and ion got destroid