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The fall of the giants and their fate according to ancient texts

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The fall of the giants and their fate according to ancient texts

When we use the term giants, we mean people between 2 meters and 4 meters tall. Given that the pre-modern man was on average significantly shorter than we are today (many athletes nowadays are 2 meters tall), these giants would certainly seem unusually tall.

That an ancient race or race of giants once existed all over the world, from China to North America, is confirmed not only by the written records of various civilizations but also by archaeological evidence. As Jason Jarrell and Sarah Farmer point out, the sheer number of giant humanoid skeletal remains unearthed only in the North American region makes it statistically extremely unlikely that we would interpret all of them as genetic anomalies, as leading scientists often do.

However, this observation immediately leads us to another problematic question: if giants once existed in ancient times, why do they not exist now? What happened to them? What factors led to their disappearance?

Description of giants in ancient literature

As Xaviant Haze points out in his recent work Ancient Giants, fairy tales and stories about giants are a universal phenomenon found in almost all human cultures throughout recorded human history. As these different narratives are explored, one common theme emerges, namely that the giants and the civilizations they created were defined by violence and bloodshed.

Unlike many other ancient Near Eastern societies, the history of ancient Israel is very well documented in both biblical (i.e. Old Testament/Hebrew Bible) and extra-biblical sources.

Description of giants in ancient literature

One of the earliest references to giants in Israel comes from the Yahwist account of the great flood in Genesis 6 (Yahwist is one of the four authors or sources of material in the first five books of the Old Testament). Here they are associated with the " sons of God "(Hebrew: Bene of the" Elohim"), who forcibly marry the "daughters of men".

Although the story of the flood suggests that the giants were exterminated along with the rest of the earth's inhabitants, with the exception of Noah and his family, they reappear much later in the biblical chronology, in what scholars call the history of Deuteronomy.

This story undoubtedly contains the most famous giant story in Biblical literature and possibly in Western culture: the encounter between the Israelite David and the giant Goliath of Gath.

It should be noted that both in the history of Deuteronomy and in the earlier Jahvist source, giants are associated with increased violence. As the Hebrew term "lakach" suggests, they forcibly take the "daughters of men", which leads to the birth of hybrid superhuman offspring, which according to extra-Biblical tradition is identified with the Greek gods and heroes.

In the later clashes between the giants and Israel, the outcome was always violent, leading to war and bloodshed between the two groups. It is this feature of the giants that allows us to understand what could have happened to them not only in ancient Israel but also around the world.

Destroying the Giants

In the non-biblical literature, we are given a detailed account of the fate of the giants. In the apocryphal book of Ecclesiastes, included in the Catholic but not Protestant canon of the Old Testament, we find the following statement:

The ancient giants who were destroyed for believing in their powers were not justified for their sins.

Destroying the Giants

Two things are assumed in this Ecclesiastical statement. First, the ancient giants possessed extraordinary power and might. Secondly, their disappearance was due to the fact that they relied too much on this power.

In Biblical terminology, "trust in your own force" has both a religious and moral meaning. In the first context, it refers to the neglect (from the point of view of the biblical authors) of the power of God in favor of the assumption that one's own power is sufficient.

In the latter context, it is always used in relation to the abuse of power, usually through severe physical oppression. However, the text does not say whether the giants killed each other or were destroyed by their victims finally rebelling against them.

A deeper understanding of the question of the giants and their ultimate fate can be found by referring to the Hebrew text of the Old Testament. In the account of the Jahvist flood in Genesis 6, the author repeatedly notes that because of the giants, the earth was filled with violence. As noted in Strong's Hebrew Dictionary, the terminology of violence in Hebrew is often used in reference to self-destructive violence, meaning acts of physical violence directed not only at others but ultimately at themselves and their relationships with members of their own community.

In other words, this terminology is a selfish, almost suicidal type of violence, and its association with the giants here suggests that even before the actual flood, they were in danger of extermination, killing each other. One can even conclude, based on the use of the term in Gen. 6, that the giants were destroyed as a result of some civil war. 

Giants pf the past

This understanding of the fate of giants is in good agreement with archaeological evidence and oral traditions around the world concerning giants, especially in North America. In the midwestern region of the United States, two pre-Columbian civilizations, Hopewell and Adena, appear to have mysteriously and quickly disappeared after what archaeologists believe was a sudden mass battle between the two groups.

This corresponds to the type of self-destructive violence described against giants in the Old Testament. On the other hand, among the various Native American tribes, there are traditions of violent conflict between their ancestors and the ancient giant races in North America.

For example, the Pawit Indians belong to an ancient race of hostile and violent giants known as the Si-Te-Kah. As in the biblical account, the giants oppressed these ancestors, who eventually rebelled against them and exterminated them.

Conclusion about the fate of the giants

Conclusion about the fate of the giants

The Biblical texts suggest that the giants were not only violent in nature but were destroyed by this self-consuming violence. This fate of the giants appears to be supported by archaeological evidence (such as the seemingly immediate destruction of the Hopewell and Adena peoples) in addition to various Native American oral traditions. When this evidence is taken into account, it can perhaps serve as a guide for modern archaeologists and anthropologists who are struggling to explain the sudden disappearance of these fascinating, if obviously violent, giant races.


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