giants

Posted: May 22, 2017 in Uncategorized
There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.
– Genesis 6:4

 The giants were born there, who were famous of old, great in stature, expert in war. 27 God did not choose them, or give them the way to knowledge; 28 so they perished because they had no wisdom, they perished through their folly. 
– Baruch 3:26-28

For even in the beginning, when arrogant giants were perishing, the hope of the world took refuge on a raft, and guided by your hand left to the world the seed of a new generation.
– Wisdom 14:6

But now the giants who are born from the [union of] the spirits and the flesh shall be called evil spirits upon the earth, because their dwelling shall be upon the earth and inside the earth. Evil spirits have come out of their bodies. Because from the day that they were created from the sons of God they became Watchers: their first origin is the spiritual foundation. They will become evil upon the earth and shall be called evil spirits. The dwelling of the spiritual beings of heaven is heaven; but the dwelling of the spirits of the earth, which are born upon the earth, is in the earth. 
1 Enoch 15:8-10

So times were pleasant for the people there until finally one, a fiend out of hell, began to work his evil in the world. Grendel was the name of this grim demon haunting the marches, marauding round the heath and the desolate fens; he had dwelt for a time in misery among the banished monsters, Cain’s clan, whom the Creator had outlawed and condemned as outcasts. For the killing of Abel the Eternal Lord had exacted a price: Cain got no good from committing the murder because the Almighty made him anathema and out of the curse of his exile there sprang ogres and elves and evil phantoms
and the giants too who strove with God time and again until he gave them their reward.  

– Epic of Beowulf 99- 114

This is the legend of the Comanches, as he related it : Innumerable moons ago, a race of white men, ten feet high, and far more rich and powerful than any white people now living, here inhabited a large range of country, extending from the rising to the setting sun. Their fortifications crowned the summits of the mountains, protecting their populous cities situated in the intervening valleys. They excelled every other nation which has flourished, either before or since, in all manner of cunning handicraft — were brave and warlike — ruling over the land they had wrested from its ancient possessors, with a high and haughty hand. Compared with them the pale faces of the prsent day, were as pigmies, both in art an arms. They drove the Indians from their homes, putting them to the sword, and occupying the valleys in which their fathers had dwelt before them since the world began. At length, in the height of their power and glory, when they remembered justice and mercy no more, and became proud and lifted up, the Great Spirit descended from above, sweeping them with fire and deluge from the face of the earth. The mounds we had seen on the table lands were the remnants of their fortresses, and the crumbling ruins that surrounded us, all that re mained of a mighty city. In like manner, continued The Rolling Thunder, the day will surely come when the present white race, which is driving the Indians before it, and despoiling them of their inheritance, and which, in the confidence of its strength, has become arrogant and boastful and forgotten God, will be swept from existence. For   the Great Spirit is just, — and as certainly as the rivers flow downward towards the salt sea, or the sun rises in the morning and sets at night, so certainly will He yet restore the land of their fathers to the red man, when the days of his affliction are passed.
Three Years Among the Comanches, 1859

“As there is in Peru a story of some giants who landed on the coast at the point of Santa Elena, in the vicinity of the city of Puerto Viejo, I have resolved to mention what I was told about them, as I understood it, without taking into account the opinions of the common people and their various anecdotes, for they usually magnify events larger than life. The natives, repeating a story received from their forefathers from very remote times, say that there came from across the sea on reed rafts that were as large as big ships some men that were so big that an ordinary man of good size scarcely reached up to their knees: their members were in proportion to the size of their bodies, and it a monstrous thing to see their enormous heads and their hair hanging down about their shoulders. Their eyes were as large as small plates. They say they had no beards and that some of them were clad in the skins of animals, and others only in the dress nature gave them. There were no women with them. On reaching this point, they set up their camp like a village (and even in these times there is a memory of the site of their houses). As they found no supply of water they remedied the lack by making some very deep wells, a labor certainly worthy of record, being undertaken by such strong men as these must have been, to judge by their size. They dug these wells in the living rock until they came to the water, and afterwards they built the wells in stone from the water line upwards so that they would last for ages. In these wells the water is excellent and it is always so cold that it is very pleasant to drink.

“When these great men or giants had thus made their settlement and dug these wells or cisterns, they destroyed and ate all the supplies they could find in the neighborhood. It is said that one of them ate more than fifty of the natives of the land; and as the supply of food was not sufficient for them to maintain themselves, they caught much fish with nets and gear that they had. They lived in continuous hostility with the natives, because they slew the latter’s women in order to have them, and they also slew the men for other reasons. But the Indians were not numerous enough to kill these newcomers who occupied their land and lorded it over them; and although they held great discussions about this, they never dared attack them.

“After some years the giants were still in this region, and as they had no women of their own and the Indian women of the neighborhood were too small for them, or else because the vice was habitual to them and inspired by the demon, they practised the unspeakable and horrible sin of sodomy, committing it openly and in public without fear of God or personal shame. The natives say that our Lord God, unwilling to conceal so wicked a sin, sent them a punishment suited to the beastliness of the crime, and when all the giants were together engaged in this accursed practice there came a fearful fire from heaven to the accompaniment of a great noise, in the midst of which a shining angel appeared holding a sharp, bright sword with which he slew them all at a single stroke, and the fire consumed them leaving only a few bones and skulls, which God allowed to remain unconsumed as a token of the punishment. This is the account they give of the giants, and we believe that it happened, for it is said that very large bones have been found and still are found thereabouts and I have heard Spaniards say they have seen pieces of teeth which they thought must have weighed half a pound when whole, and who had also seen a piece of a shin-bone of wonderful size, all of which bears witness to the truth of the incident. In addition to this one can see the places where the sites of their villages were, and also the wells or cisterns they made. I cannot state whence or how these giants came there.

“In the present year of 1550 when in the city of Lima, I heard that when his excellency Don Antonio de Mendoza was viceroy and governor of New Spain, certain bones of men as big as these giants, and even bigger, were found there. I have heard too that in an ancient sepulcher in the city of Mexico or somewhere else in that kingdom certain bones of giants have been found. Since so many people saw them and attest having done so, it can therefore be credited that such giants did exist and indeed they may all have been of the same race.

“At this point of Santa Elena, which is as I have said on the coast of Peru and in the district of the city of Puerto Viejo, there is a remarkable phenomenon: the existence of certain wells or seams of pitch of such excellent quality that it would be possible to tar all the ships one wished with it, since it flows from the earth. This pitch must be from some seam passing through that place: it comes out very hot,etc.

“Thus far Pedro de Cieza, whose history we have followed to show the Indian tradition about the giants, and the well of pitch at the same place, for it too is remarkable.”
Sodomite Flesh Eating Giants in Peru
by Garcilaso de la Vega – El Inca.
From the Royal Commentaries of the Incas, volume I, chapter XI.


Old Testament Study On Giants

ARBA
Joshua 14:15
(Hebron used to be called Kiriath Arba after Arba, who was the greatest man among the Anakites.)

Joshua 15:13
In accordance with the Lord’s command to him, Joshua gave to Caleb son of Jephunneh a portion in Judah—Kiriath Arba, that is, Hebron. (Arba was the forefather of Anak.)

ANAK
Numbers 13:22
They went up through the Negev and came to Hebron, where Ahiman, Sheshai and Talmai, the descendants of Anak, lived. (Hebron had been built seven years before Zoan in Egypt.)

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Numbers 13:28
But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there.

Numbers 13:33
We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.”

Deuteronomy 2:10-11
(The Emites used to live there—a people strong and numerous, and as tall as the Anakites. Like the Anakites, they too were considered Rephaites, but the Moabites called them Emites. 

Deuteronomy 2:20-21
That too was considered a land of the Rephaites, who used to live there; but the Ammonites called them Zamzummites.
They were a people strong and numerous, and as tall as the Anakites. The Lord destroyed them from before the Ammonites, who drove them out and settled in their place. 

Deuteronomy 9:2
The people are strong and tall—Anakites! You know about them and have heard it said: “Who can stand up against the Anakites?”

Joshua 11:21
At that time Joshua went and destroyed the Anakites from the hill country: from Hebron, Debir and Anab, from all the hill country of Judah, and from all the hill country of Israel. Joshua totally destroyed them and their towns.


AHIMAN, SHESHAI, and TALMAI

Numbers 13:22
They went up through the Negev and came to Hebron, where Ahiman, Sheshai and Talmai, the descendants of Anak, lived. (Hebron had been built seven years before Zoan in Egypt.)

Joshua 15:14
From Hebron Caleb drove out the three Anakites–Sheshai, Ahiman and Talmai, the sons of Anak.

Judges 1:10
They advanced against the Canaanites living in Hebron (formerly called Kiriath Arba) and defeated Sheshai, Ahimanand Talmai.


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The Sword of Goliath
1 Samuel 21:8-9
David asked Ahimelek, “Don’t you have a spear or a sword here? I haven’t brought my sword or any other weapon, because the king’s mission was urgent.”
The priest replied, “The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you killed in the Valley of Elah, is here; it is wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod. If you want it, take it; there is no sword here but that one.”

David said, “There is none like it; give it to me.”


Who Are the Nephilim?

Throughout the years they came to be known by many names throughout Israel and the surrounding areas. Depending on where one lived, at what time in history, and what tribe or language one belonged to, determined the name given to the Giants of old.

They were called the Nephilim, Giants, Rephaites, Rephaim, Rapha, and Anakites. There were also some nationalities that seemed to have acquired diluted Nephilim blood throughout the years and therefore had humans with normal physical characteristics as well as Nephilim that were born amongst them with rare mutations expressed through their gene pool that made them grow very large. Some of these people were called Emites, Zamzummites, and Philistines.

The Ammonites called them Zamzummites.
Deuteronomy 2:20:
“That too was considered a land of the Rephaites, who used to live there; but the Ammonites called them Zamzummites.”

The Moabites called them Emites.
Deuteronomy 2:10:
“The Emites used to live there—a people strong and numerous, and as tall as the Anakites.”

Some bibles prefer to use the name Rephaites or Rephaim over the name Giants, although they refer to the same thing.

There are also some striking similarities to that of the ancient nomenclature of the giant race and to that of ancient deities of the middle east. A couple of examples would be that of the Egyptian deities Nephatari and Nephertiti. Another might be that of the Syrian goddess Anat compared to that of Anak. This goddess was also considered to be the sister to Astarte who is also known as Ashtoreth, whom the Israelites built altars to.

Giants/Rephaites

2 Samuel 21:16
And Ishbi-Benob, one of the descendants of Rapha, whose bronze spearhead weighed three hundred shekels (7.5 lbs) and who was armed with a new sword, said he would kill David.

2 Samuel 21:18
In the course of time, there was another battle with the Philistines, at Gob. At that time Sibbekai the Hushathite killed Saph, one of the descendants of Rapha.

1 Chronicles 11:23
And he struck down an Egyptian who was five cubits (7 1/2 feet) tall. Although the Egyptian had a spear like a weaver’s rod in his hand, Benaiah went against him with a club. He snatched the spear from the Egyptian’s hand and killed him with his own spear.

1 Chronicles 20:4
In the course of time, war broke out with the Philistines, at Gezer. At that time Sibbekai the Hushathite killed Sippai, one of the descendants of the Rephaites, and the Philistines were subjugated.

2 Samuel 21:20-22
In still another battle, which took place at Gath, there was a huge man with six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot—twenty-four in all. He also was descended from Rapha. When he taunted Israel, Jonathan son of Shimeah, David’s brother, killed him.
These four were descendants of Rapha in Gath, and they fell at the hands of David and his men.

1 Chronicles 20: 5-8
In another battle with the Philistines, Elhanan son of Jair killed Lahmi the brother of Goliath the Gittite, who had a spear with a shaft like a weaver’s rod.
In still another battle, which took place at Gath, there was a huge man with six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot—twenty-four in all. He also was descended from Rapha. When he taunted Israel, Jonathan son of Shimea, David’s brother, killed him.
These were descendants of Rapha in Gath, and they fell at the hands of David and his men.

Numbers 13:33
We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.”

There are 12 Giants mentioned by name in the Old Testament

1. Arba (earliest known descendant)
2. Anak (later generations would become known as Anakites)
3. Sheshai
4. Talmai
5. Ahiman
6. Goliath of Gath (the Philistine and the one whom David killed)
7. Goliath the Gittite (Elhanan of David’s men killed this Goliath)
8. Og, King of Bashan
9. Ishbi-Benob (was killed by Abishai who was protecting David)
10. Saph (Sibbicai, of David’s men killed this giant)
11. Sippai (Sibbicai, of David’s men killed this giant as well)
12. Lahmi (Elhanan of David’s men killed this giant)

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Og, King of Bashan

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Facts:
-He was one of the last surviving Giants to walk the earth.
-He was closely affiliated with Sihon, King of Heshbon and some speculate they were brothers.
-Og and Sihon were both kings of the Amorites (Deuteronomy 31:4).
-Og’s bed was huge!

Deuteronomy 3:11
Og king of Bashan was the last of the Rephaites. His bed was decorated with iron and was more than nine cubits [13 feet long and four cubits [6 feet wide. It is still in Rabbah of the Ammonites. *

In Numbers 21:32, we learn that Israel defeats Og, King of Bashan after being victorious over Sihon, King of Heshbon. The Israelites left no survivors, including Og’s sons, men, women, and children. Later we learn that the Gadites, Reubenites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh inherited all of Sihon and Og’s land. The whole region of Argob in Bashan used to be known as the land of the Rephaites. It was later re-named at a later date by the name of Havvoth-Jair.

*Rabbah of the Ammonites is current day Amman, Jordan. It was also called Philidelphia in New Testament times and was known as the City of 7 Hills.

The Lost Book of King Og


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“The eyes of that species of extinct Giants, whose bones fill the mounds of America, have gazed on Niagara, as ours do now.”  Abraham Lincoln  (1848)

Giants in Various Cultures

In various Indo-European mythologies, giants are featured as primeval creatures associated with chaos and the wild nature, and they are frequently in conflict with the gods, be they Olympian, Nartian, Hindu or Norse. 

Rakshasas (India and Malaysia)

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In Indonesian and Malaysian, “raksasa” simply means “giant”, “gigantic” or “huge and strong”, or “monster” in common usage. Indonesian and Malaysian are very closely related languages with significant Sanskrit influence. In Bengali, “rakhosh” is used as term for a person who eats incessantly and without burden. This derivation also occurred in Malay and Indonesian as “rakus“, which means “greedy”.

According to the Ramayana, Rakshasas were created from Brahma’s foot; other sources claim they are descended from Pulastya, or from Khasa, or from Nirṛti and Nirrita. Hinduism maintains that the Rakshasas were particularly wicked humans in previous incarnations. Rakshasas are notorious for disturbing sacrifices, desecrating graves, harassing priests, possessing human beings, and so on. Their fingernails are venomous, and they feed on human flesh and spoiled food. They are shapechangers, illusionists, and magicians

Rakshasa are most often depicted as mean, fierce looking, ugly, large as hills, black as soot, with two fangs protruding down from the top of the mouth, having sharp claw-like fingernails, and growling like beasts. They are also depicted as cannibals with an insatiable hunger, who can smell the scent of animal, men or flesh. Some more ferocious ones are shown with flaming red eyes and flaming hair, drinking blood with their palms or from a human skull. Generally in these stories, they have the power to fly, can vanish and also increase or decrease their size at will. They can also take the form of any animal, human or other thing at their will. These powers are called Maya.

Some of the rakshasas are said to be man-eaters, and make their gleeful appearance when the slaughter on the battlefield is at its worst. Occasionally they serve as rank-and-file soldiers in the service of one or the other warlord.

Ravana, a Rakshasa with 10 heads, was the King of the Rakshasas and the mortal enemy of Rama, the hero of the Ramayana. In the Ramayana (Book III: Vana Parva, Section 271 ff.)

Bakasura was a cannibalistic forest-dwelling Rakshasa who terrorized the nearby human population by forcing them to take turns making him regular deliveries of food, including human victims. Unfortunately for Bakasura, the Pandavas travelled into the area and took up residence with a local Brahmin whose turn had come up to make the delivery. As the Brahmin and his family debated which one of them would have to be sacrificed, the rugged Bhima volunteered to take care of the matter. Bhima went into the forest with the food delivery (consuming it on the way to annoy Bakasura) and engaged Bakasura in a ferocious wrestling match, which ended with Bhima breaking his opponent’s back. The human townspeople were amazed and grateful, and the local Rakshasas begged for mercy, which Bhima granted them on the condition that they give up cannibalism. The Rakshasas agreed to the proposal, and soon acquired a reputation for being peaceful towards humans. (Book I: Adi Parva, Sections 159-166.)


Daityas  (Hindu)

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Daityas:
In Hindu mythology, the Daityas are giant evil spirits who are known for their opposition to sacrifice to the gods. They are the offspring of the goddess Diti and Kasyapa.

During the first age of the cosmos, the Krita Yuga, the Daityas, led by the dragon-serpent Vritra were so powerful that they took up arms against the gods and defeated them. The gods, who were then scattered throughout the universe, knew that the only way to regain control was to kill Vritra, so they sought out Brahma’s advice. Brahma told them that in order to conquer Vritra, they would have to obtain a demon-slaying weapon from the sage, Rishi.

When the gods sought out Rishi, he dedicated his body to their cause and out of his bones, the gods built the weapon Vajra. Indra then led the gods into battle, where they slew the dragon-serpent and defeated the Daityas army. As punishment, Indra sentenced them to a place in the ocean depths called Patala.


Cyclopes (Greco-Roman)

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The Cyclopes were almost like human beings but of a gigantic size and with only one eye in the middle of their heads. Essentially there were three of them: Brontes (thunderer), Steropes (Lightener), and Arges (Bright).

They were born to Gaea and Uranus.

The Cyclopes were the first smiths. Volcanos were believed to be the aftermath of their underground work.

When Cronus came to power he imprisoned the Cyclopes in Tartarus. They were released by Zeus and fought with him against the Titans. As a reward for their release the Cyclopes gave Zeus his weapons of lighting and thunder. They continued as his workers at Mount Olympus forging his thunderbolts.

Polyphemus, (son of Poseidon), is the most popular cyclops. He fought with Odysseus that came out victorious, and left Polyphemus, blinded.

Hermes killed Arges while he guarded Io for Hera. Apollo also killed at least one of the Cyclopes to retribution for Zeus killing his son Aesculapius.


Grendel (Norse)

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The poem Beowulf is contained in the Nowell Codex. As noted in lines 105–114 and lines 1260–1267 of Beowulf, Grendel and his mother are described as descendants of the Biblical Cain. Beowulf leaves Geatland in order to find and destroy Grendel, who has been attacking the mead hall Herot, killing and eating anyone he finds there. Grendel attacks the hall after having been disturbed by the noise of the drunken revellers. One cryptic scene in which Grendel sits in the abandoned hall unable to approach the throne hints that his motives may be greed or revenge. After a long battle, Beowulf mortally wounds Grendel by ripping his arm off. Grendel dies in his cave under the swamp. There, Beowulf later engages in a fierce battle with Grendel’s mother, over whom he triumphs. Following her death, Beowulf finds Grendel’s corpse and removes his head, which he keeps as a trophy. Beowulf then returns to the surface and to his men at the “ninth hour” He returns to Heorot, where he is given many gifts by an even more grateful Hrothgar.

 Basajaun (Basque)

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Basque mythology:
Giants are rough but generally righteous characters of formidable strength living up the hills of the Basque Country. Giants stand for the Basque people reluctant to convert to Christianity who decide to stick to the old life style and customs in the forest. Sometimes they hold the secret of ancient techniques and wisdom unknown to the Christians, like in the legend of San Martin Txiki, while their most outstanding feature is their strength. It follows that in many legends all over the Basque territory the giants are held accountable for the creation of many stone formations, hills and ages-old megalithic structures (dolmens, etc.), with similar explanations provided in different spots.


Names/Tribal origin of Giants

  • Albadan (Spanish)
  • Anaaye (Diné Bahaneʼ/Navajo)
  • Anakim (Hebrew)
  • Arak Tul-Nur (Eowyth)
  • Azrail (Armenian)
  • Basajaun (Basque)
  • Bendigeidfran (Welsh)
  • Bogatyr (Russian)
  • Buto (Javanese – Indonesia)
  • Cawr (Welsh)
  • Chahnameed (Pequot)
  • Cormoran (Cornwall)
  • Cyclopes/Cyclops (Greek)
  • Daitya (Sanskrit)
  • Dasa Maha Yodayo (Sri Lanka)
  • Dehotgohsgayeh (Iroquois)
  • Dev Erhan (Turkish)
  • Devi (Georgian)
  • Ditya (Javanese)
  • Div (Albanian)
  • Dzoo-Noo-Qua (Kwakiutl)
  • Earth Giants (Norse/Teutonic)
  • Edd (Scottish)
  • Enim (Hebrew)
  • Famangomadan (Spanish)
  • Fire Giants (Norse/Teutonic)
  • Fomorians (Celtic)
  • Frost Giants (Norse/Teutonic)
  • Gedegwsets (Coos)
  • Gigantes (Greek)
  • Gog (Hebrew)
  • Gogmagog (British)
  • Goliath of Gath (Hebrew)
  • Gotaimbara (Sri Lanka)
  • Hewiixi/hewietari (Huichol)
  • Higante also Kapre (Tagalog) and Agta (Visayan) (Philippines)
  • Inugpasugssuk (Netslik)
  • Ispolini (Bulgarian)
  • Jättar (Swedish)
  • Jättiläinen (Finnish)
  • Jotuns (Norse/Teutonic)
  • Kæmpe (Danish)
  • Kalevipoeg (Estonian)
  • Kaour (Breton)
  • Kiwahkw (Maliseet)
  • Magog (Hebrew)
  • Mahasena (Sri Lanka)
  • Nahgane (Slavey)
  • Nephilim (Hebrew)
  • Neringa (Lithuania) (Balt)
  • Nunhyunuwi (Cherokee)
  • Og of Bashan (Hebrew)
  • Paul Bunyan (USA)
  • Puntan (Micronesia)
  • Quinametzin (Aztec)
  • Raksasa (Indonesian)
  • Rephaim (Hebrew)
  • Rubezahl (Wends)
  • Si-Te-Cah (Paiute)
  • Titans (Greek)
  • Toell the Great (Estonian)
  • Upelleru (Middle Eastern)
  • Velikan (Russian)
  • Volot/Volotomon (Russian)
  • Wrnach (Welsh)
  • Yak (Thai)
  • Yeitso (Diné Bahaneʼ/Navajo)
  • Yimnidge (Adighe)
  • Zamzummim (Hebrew)
  • Jidovi (Romanian)

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