“His idea was build a church in Pokrovskoe,
for, as Rasputin wrote, echoing the words of
the Apostle Paul, he who builds a church will
never be conquered by the gates of Hell.
Rasputin: Faith, Power, and the Twilight of the Romanovs
by Douglas Smith
Scenes of Heaven and Hell by Kuniyoshi from the 1830s
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Center panel of the Kuniyoshi triptych seen above.
The British Museum
I am showing you a larger representation of that section of the triptych so you will be better able to see the details. If you look closely at the oxidized brownish and green demons in the lower center you will see them applying an instrument of torture – an iron clamping system placed over two large, flattened rocks. Sandwiched between those rocks you can make out the legs of many of those poor souls who have merited being squished…
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