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A BOOK OF GIANTS: TALES OF VERY TALL MEN OF MYTH, LEGEND, HISTORY, AND SCIENCE Henry Wysham Lanier

A BOOK OF GIANTS: TALES OF VERY TALL MEN OF MYTH, LEGEND, HISTORY, AND SCIENCE

Henry Wysham Lanier

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Man in his youth was so fond of giants that, not finding them large or plentiful enough, hecreated a bounteous supply. He gave them precedence of himself. In the frozen North they cameeven before the gods: in the East, after the celestials butMoreMan in his youth was so fond of giants that, not finding them large or plentiful enough, hecreated a bounteous supply. He gave them precedence of himself. In the frozen North they cameeven before the gods: in the East, after the celestials but before the creation of the world- inGreece they sprang into being just after the Olympians and fiercely disputed the sovereignty ofZeus.Many ancient gods were vast in size: witness, for instance, the colossal statues of Egypt, Chinaor the South Seas. But the palm for bigness must go to those giant beings whom we find amidChaos in the East: like that Tiamat from whom the Babylonian god Bel formed heavens and earth-and Purushu of the Hindu Vedas, whose severed head was sufficient for making the sky, his feet forthe earth, his eye for the sun, and his mind for the moon.Somehow, these are too large- nowadays one can hardly digest a giant like that. Even those hugeand terrible beings with bodies of stone who once descended upon the Iroquois Indians seem morelike Djinn or Rakshasas: they do not fascinate as does that monstrous black warder of the bridgeat Mantrible, who was fifteen feet tall with tuskes like a bore and head like a liberde.