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This new Apple Story is about the Gangines of India, also known as the Astomi. These mythical people live only by smelling roots, flowers, and wild apples. The Gangines feature on @HFDCathedral Mappa Mundi, a depiction of the world in about 1300.
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All our Apple Stories feature on The Apple World Map that was painted by Helen Cann in 2020 for Apples & People. This Apple Story is about the Gangines of India, also known as the Astomi.
These are a mythical people who live only by smelling roots, flowers, and wild apples. The Gangines also feature on a much older map, the Mappa Mundi, a depiction of the world drawn by Richard of Holdingham in about 1300.
This treasure, perhaps the outstanding representation of medieval understanding of the marvels of the world, hangs in Hereford Cathedral, the Cathedral Church of St Mary and St Ethelbert. St Ethelbert was martyred just north of Hereford on 20th May 794 and the Feast Day of Ethelbert the King is celebrated on 20th May.
As well as images from the Mappa Mundi itself, the Apple Story is illustrated with depictions of the Astomi from other ancient documents and books. It is accompanied by a new ceramic sculpture commission 'Apple-blossom sniffer' by Herefordshire artist Lucy Baxendale. ... See MoreSee Less