There are many ancient cultures which tell in their traditions and legends that there was a time when giants walked on Earth.
They are spoken of both in the Bible and in the Mahabharata, the same came be found in the sacred Thai texts of Ceylon, in Greek mythology, as well as in the Aztec, Egyptian, Irish or Basque traditions.
The legacy of this race was supposedly reflected in the megaliths, in the colossal mounds of the northeast of the United States and in cyclopean constructions such as the ruins of Baalbek (Lebanon), those of Tiahuanaco (Bolivia) or Sacsayhuaman (Peru).
Some authors argue that in the distant past when giants walked on Earth, they helped build massive monuments using stones weighing more than one hundred tons.
But… is that just part of folklore or myth? Or is there actual evidence that giants once roamed the earth?
More than half a decade ago, researchers came across thousands of ancient scrolls at the Qumran Caves. Among the scrolls, they found The Book of Giants which speaks of the Nephilim and their destruction.
The Book of Giants –which by the way is incomplete—offers a different perspective about the Nephilim.
According to the ancient text, the Giants —The Nephilim—became aware that due to their violent ways, they face an imminent destruction. They asked Enoch to speak on their behalf to God.
The Emim had dwelt there in times past, a people as great and numerous and tall as the Anakim. They were also regarded as giants [Hebrew rephaim], like the Anakim, but the Moabites call them Emim(Deuteronomy 2:10–11).
[The land of Ammon] was also regarded as a land of giants [Hebrew rephaim]; giants [rephaim] formerly dwelt there. But the Ammonites call them Zamzummim, a people as great and numerous and tall as the Anakim. But the Lord destroyed them before them, and they dispossessed them and dwelt in their place(Deuteronomy 2:20–21).
For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of the giants [rephaim]. Indeed his bedstead was an iron bedstead. (Is it not in Rabbah of the people of Ammon?) Nine cubits is its length and four cubits its width, according to the standard cubit(Deuteronomy 3:11).
There were giants [nephilim] on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown(Genesis 6:4).9
Sensational claims require sensational evidence. In the words of Vine Deloria, a Native American author, and professor of law:
“Modern day archaeology and anthropology have nearly sealed the door on our imaginations, broadly interpreting the North American past as devoid of anything unusual in the way of great cultures characterized by a people of unusual demeanor. The great interloper of ancient burial grounds, the nineteenth century Smithsonian Institution, created a one-way portal, through which uncounted bones have been spirited. This door and the contents of its vault are virtually sealed off to anyone, but government officials. Among these bones may lay answers not even sought by these officials concerning the deep past.”
An article published in the 4 May 1912 issue of the New York Times speaks of Giants;
Their heights ranged between 7.6ft and 10 feet and their skulls “presumably those of men, are much larger than the heads of any race which inhabit America to-day.” They tend to have a double row of teeth, 6 fingers, 6 toes and like humans came in different races. The teeth in the front of the jaw are regular molars. Heads usually found are elongated believed due to longer than normal lifespan. (Read More Here about it)
If we take a peek at Aztec Mythology, we will find that it was believed how the Quinametzin Giants populated our world during the previous era of the Sun Rain, and it is said that the Quinametzin giants built the ancient citadel of Teotihuacan.
A giant Footprint in China?
Near the village of PingYan in China, a group of adventurers came across what seems to be a massive footprint embedded in stone.
Having a length of 57 centimeters, and a width of 20 centimeters, this massive footprint leaves little to the imagination.
But that’s just one of the many footprints that were allegedly found on Earth.
Michael Tellinger reported exploring another massive footprint in South Africa. The stone where to footprint was embedded supposedly dates back a staggering 200 million years. Known by locals as the “Footprint of God,” Tellinger describes the 1.2-meter long footprint as a sensational discovery and believes it dates back to 200 million years.
The Norimitsu Odachi, a 3.77 meter-long sword
This mighty sword know as the Norimitsu Odachi was formed as one piece and is 3.77 meters long, and has a weight of 14.5 kilograms.
This excellent piece of weaponry is believed to have been crafted during the 15th century. However, while this sword is truly massive and looks as if it was forged for a giant to hold, the truth is that its owner wasn’t a giant and it wasn’t meant for one either. The Norimitsu odachi is a ceremonial sword. In the distant past, a sword like this made a clear statement. It showed off that its owner had incredible resources and that it was created by a skillful craftsman because only a skilled one could produce a weapon like this.
However, it is interesting to think about why people wanted to have in their possession such massive weapons.
If we take a look at ancient Japanese mythology, we will find descriptions of the Oni, a kind of supernatural ogre which is depicted as a hideous creature, with sharp claws, two long horns protruding from its head, while having humanoid characteristics.
A two-headed giant from Patagonia?
Meet Kap-dwa, a mysterious 3.5-meter-tall two-headed giant, that according to reports, was captured by Spanish sailors in the 1600’s.
The story of Kap-Dwa can be traced back to around 1673 when the giant was captured by Spanish sailors where he remained captive until he was killed while trying to escape from his captivators, as the Spaniards killed him with a pike through the chest. Eventually, the story faded away until the mummified remains of Kap-Dwa somehow got to the U.K. in the 19th century.
In 1914, after being passed from one showman to another, the mummified remains of Kap Dwa ended up at Weston’s Birnbeck Pier. There, his remains spent some 45 years on display until “Lord” Thomas Howard purchased the remains in 1959. Kap-Dwa continued to amaze people and somehow ended up in Baltimore Md, in a strange, collection at Bob’s Side Show at The Antique Man Ltd in Baltimore, owned by Robert Gerber and his wife.
Sadly, other than myths, legend, and stories, there is little we have about giants.
All the evidence anyone has been able to gather are basically historical documents, newspaper photographs, and personal testimonies.
Ivan is editor-in-chief at ancient-code.com, he also writes for Universe Explorers.
You may have seen him appear on the Discovery and History Channel.