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Originally posted by Canslli
Well, to me it looks more like a allegory to describe the Spanish invading the old empires of South America.
Giants = Spanish and their atrocities towards the Incas, for example.
But that is just me.
Originally posted by leemachino
Pretty good site on ancient giants. I would need a little more proof though. Anything is possible.
Originally posted by bigfatfurrytexan
Something else to mention. I can't find this story now. It was about 10 years ago i read it on the internet somewhere. It was just a legend that was recounted. Cannot speak to validity.
In the eastern US there was a race of giants. They were reported to have terrorized the local indians, raping the women and eating the indians. They were reported to have excessive strength, be in the 9 foot range, and have "bones of iron". They also had multiple rows of teeth.
The indians called them the "Cat people", because when they talked they sounded like a panther (that is what makes that UFO sighting with cat like talking intriguing to me). They lived a more primitive life, less social order. Often they would go to a local river and would eat the rocks there. This was the source of the iron to make their bones so strong.
I would love to have a location to reference this story, if it is a real legend and not some made up, urban myth of the internet. Anyone else ever hear of them?
According to the Incas (1190 - 1570 A.D.), Viracocha was the creator of civilization. He was one of the most important gods and his name was not to be mentioned or pronounced by commoners.
According to "History of the Incas" by Pedro Sarmiento De Gamboa, "The natives of this land affirm that in the beginning, and before this world was created, there was a being called Viracocha. He created a dark world without sun, moon or stars. Owing to this creation he was named Viracocha Pachayachachi, which means "Creator of all things." And when he had created the world he formed a race of giants of disproportioned greatness painted and sculptured, to see whether it would be well to make real men of that size. He then created men in his likeness as they are now; and they lived in darkness.
The myth of the Patagonian Giants, like other stories about remote, exotic places, captured the European imagination for a very long time. The first mention of this mythical race surfaced in the 1520s from the account of Antonio Pigafetta, chronicler of Ferdinand Magellan’s expedition:
But one day (without anyone expecting it) we saw a giant who was on the shore [near today’s Puerto San Julián, Argentina], quite naked, and who danced, leaped, and sang, and while he sang he threw sand and dust on his head. Our captain [Magellan] sent one of his men toward him, charging him to leap and sing like the other in order to reassure him and to show him friendship. Which he did. Immediately the man of the ship, dancing, led this giant to a small island where the captain awaited him. And when he was before us, he began to marvel and to be afraid, and he raised one finger upward, believing that we came from heaven. And he was so tall that the tallest of us only came up to his waist. Withal he was well proportioned. . . . The captain named the people of this sort Pathagoni.*
The etymology of the word is unclear, but Patagonia came to mean “Land of the Bigfeet.” Magellan seized two of the younger males as hostages to bring back to Spain, but they got sick and died on the journey.
Originally posted by mrnotobc
Obviously they were Vikings, because we all know South America was lousy with Vikings, and Vikings are well known cannibals.
So move along people there's nothing to see here.