Friday, May 1, 2009

Shadowy lion

The heraldic "lion rampant" is the emblem of the Jerusalem Municipality.
You will find him everywhere, on sewer covers, trash bins . . .
and on this bench which cast the shadow visible in the first photo.
Shabbat shalom, happy May Day, and happy CDP Theme Day to you all.


bennie and patsy said...

Happy May Day to you.

Eki Qushay Akhwan said...

I like the top photo, Dina. The lion reminds me of Peugeot, the car brand.

What does it symbolize, btw?

Lots of shalom to you too.

Dina said...

Patsy and Bennie, thanks. I remember the old days (late 60s, when I came) when May Day meant red flags and Socialist parades in Israeli cities.

Eki, oh right, Peugeot, the lion of the road. haha
I think our lion, guarding the walls of Jerusalem, might be the "lion of Judah" from the Torah. The lion is a common Jewish symbol from antiquity.

Robin said...

We have very similar metal benches in my town but they're red (appropriate for May Day I suppose). In fact, ALL of the metalwork in my town is red - streetlights, benches, fencing... It's a bit overwhelming actually.

jeannette stgermain said...

Hi Dina, I love the lion - 2 lions are on each side of the coat of arms of Holland with the caption "Je Maintaindrai" - I will overcome (I think, my French is rusty).

Please do me a favor, somehow in publishing your comment about my blog on newspapers, it got "lost" (probably pushed the wrong key, LOL) and I like to read your whole comment - thanks:)

Marc said...

Nice observation!

Petrea said...

You learn something new every day if you stop here.

Bestemor Aud said...

I agree with the last speaker: You always learn something when visiting this page! Tank you Dina!
Did you know that the national coat of arms (?) of Norway is a red and yellowcoloured shield with a standing lion?
A little late shabbat shalom!

JM said...

Very clever!

Meead said...

I just wanted to say that it looks so familiar to me and now I found that it looks like Peugot logo.

Dina, did you know that there is small city called "Mashhad" in Israel?

Catherine said...

Very well-found Dina.
I'm with Eki, it reminded me immediately the Peugeot symbol.
An interesting shadow, clearer than the sign on the bench itself !

raphaelleae said...

BEautiful Dina

What a wonderful image to represent the strength of the holy land.

have a beautiful day
love and light

Dina said...

Thanks for your ideas, everyone.

Meead, no, I didn't know! Thanks! You're right, now I see a town called Mashhad between Nazareth and Tiberias. Nice! There are so many Arab towns and villages in the North (Galilee). In fact, there Arabs are the majority and Jews are a minority.

Meead said...

I have one more surprise for you Dina. First let just remind the historical ties between Persia and Israel. The more I search, the more I find.

I know very little about Hebrew language but I can recognize it when I see it somewhere. Now guess Dina what I found. It's about the alphabet!

Alef, Bet, Dalet, He, Vav, Kaf, Lamed, Mem, Nun, and Shin (in Hebrew). Now let me say some of the Persian alphabet:
Alef, Be, Dal, He, Vav, Kaf, Lam, Mim, Nun, and Shin

Well, I think Arabic alphabet also has some these letters.

Meead said...

One more thing ;) We also write from right to left.