Giants are all over fiction stories like fairytales such as Jack and the Beanstalk and the BFG, but what about actual giants? You know, the ones that lived and breathed on planet Earth? Some argue it’s just another conspiracy. But I wonder if they saw a giant skeleton, knew about the ones hidden in the Smithsonian, heard about the theory connecting the Annunaki and Nephilim and the references littered in the Bible, whether they might change their mind…
This is the second instalment in my weekly wonder series, designed to provide inspiration for stories. This time I wanted to think about different creatures or beings you could create and so, giants sprang to mind…
There are a plethora of newspaper articles from the 18 and 1900’s that describe discoveries of giant skeletons. There was an explosion of discoveries in America during this time. This is fact. We know they exist, skeletons were found. A definitive explanation for how they came to be or why they died out still alludes us.
The newspaper articles I’ve seen claim skeleton heights from 7ft tall all the way up to 19ft tall. There is an interesting quirk to how a lot of these skeletons were found. The ones in America particularly, were often found in groups under burial mounds.
Something I found fascinating was that they were buried in circles, sat upright, with all their feet pointing into the circle. I haven’t done enough research yet to know what the suggested reasons for this are ye. But it certainly generates a lot of sparks for ideas around ceremonies and unusual traditions around death and burials which is particularly helpful for me as I have a death and funeral of sorts in my novel.
There are other interesting things about these skeletons, for example, one report I read stated one skull had teeth which grew the other way around. Instead of being flat facing like ours (lets call our teeth horizontal) some of theirs grew vertically – as in a 90 degree rotation.
Many of the giants skeletons have red hair. What’s interesting about this is that some of the Paracas skulls (the long head – or conehead- skulls, and if you don’t know what they are that will be another post) also have red hair, and some of those too were famed for being Giants albeit slightly shorter at 6″7 – 7″6. In addition, their children (Nephilim) were often said to be either blonde or red headed.
Something else that I have always wondered about is the size and scale of some ancient structures. Take for example the Sumerian doors in the British museum. I can feel myself about to talk myself round in a circle but bear with me. We have been told that thousands of years ago technology was primitive…
So why therefore would these primitive societies go to such lengths to build enormous doors? Particularly when most things were made for functionality and efficiency. Generally speaking the most efficient thing to do is construct buildings and structures appropriate to the need. Its Pareto’s law – 20% effort for 80%.
It doesn’t make any sense to me that these things were built so massive just for the sake of grandeur and displays of wealth. Sure the rich and royal adorned themselves with diamonds and jewels – but epic sized doorways and buildings…? hmm, I’m less convinced.
Lets think about sculptures in general, and replicate that thought across. Why are some sculptures huge and others tiny?
When you look at a lot of sculptures (ok, I know this doesn’t apply to all sculptures) – they are life size or almost life size… I figure it’s easier these days to make extravagant oversized sculptures because we have the technology to do it – but this is G.R.A.N.I.T.E we are talking about. Not some soft soapstone or alabaster, pure rock hard, needs a diamond tipped saw to carve it, granite.
Why would they choose to create oversized sculptures using the hardest most impossibly difficult stone to carve? Personally I don’t think they would. Which leads me to think that these Giants, (given that skeletons have been found all over the world) were in fact.
Take this tablet I photographed in the museum. A tablet found in an Iraqi temple. You could argue that this tablet is symbolic, that the seated person is in power and therefore depicted larger. But why? Why would you leave symbolic tablets for future generations to ‘interpret’? Would you not be more literal, factual, to the point to save for translational errors? The seated figure is sat and yet still twice as large as the humans below him, can you imagine if he stood? Sounds like a giant to me, possibly one of the 18ft ones.
Look at his hat. The humans have normal shaped heads. The giant has a large hat on his normal shaped head… or maybe he just has a long hat for his long Paracas shaped head. Just stating the obvious…
More interesting than this though, is the connection between giants, long heads, the Bible and the Nephilim.
The bible is littered with references to giants. More often than not this has been interpreted symbolically – Giantism a symbol for wealth and power. (Hold on to that thought)
Numbers 13 (NKJ Version) is an infamous quote about giants:
“…all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature. 33 There we saw the giants[d] (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.”
But what if like the buildings these scriptures were meant literally. What if the 12 spies that Moses sent to Canaan really did see giants? The Israelites wrote that all their knowledge came from the giants. What if the first humans were giants? But what if they came from somewhere other than here? The Sumerians one of the first recorded civilisations wrote that their knowledge came from celestial beings. Beings that ‘came from the heavens’ creatures they called the Annunaki.
This knowledge included (but not limited to) concepts of law, policing, writing and complex buildings. The Sumerians’ were the first race to ‘do’ many of these things. That’s a lot of change and innovative thought for one society to miraculously discover. Perhaps it is more likely that these Annunaki/watchers gave them this knowledge.
The Annunaki have an identical story as the Watchers. Watchers religiously known as the angels came to watch over Earth. They saw women and decided they were beautiful and took them for their wives – creating the Nephilim – a race of giants. This particular race were destructive. It is said, one of the reasons for the great flood was to wipe out the giants…The Apocryphal book of Baruch specifically says the great flood wiped out 409,000 giants.
Sadly, many of these skeletons recorded in the news, photographed and written about have disappeared. Particularly the more controversial ones. Some do remain, particularly the Paracas skulls I will discuss in a different post, but very few giant skeletons remain on display, many being rumoured to have been sucked into the secret underground archives of the Smithsonian.
That’s enough wondering from me. My brain is full to the brim with ideas about worlds of giants, both good and evil, humungous temples and buildings and stories about angels. I have ideas for the history and creation of the world I have created in my novel too. But more than anything I’m left with questions about where we came from, and who the giants really were…
This is an interesting film about giants, but if you want to watch it – be warned it is about 40 minutes long.
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