Thursday, January 1, 2015

Giants Month: Lapland's Giants


This month will be giants month on Ghost Hunting Theories. I will be taking y'all on a journey through all the cultures around the world and their personal legends of giants, to amazing finds, to possible insights about their nature, their place in this world, and even if they still exist. 

I'm beginning with legends of giants from cultures around the world and there are a TON! Every culture told of giants and floods; two very interesting realizations. I'm focusing the next several days on Northern Hemisphere and then moving down! We will begin with arctic areas. Today, the Sami People of Lapland.

The Sami people of Lapland (arctic circle in Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia), are a culture that was almost completely obliterated by the Scandinavian countries who did not value their religion, art, culture and more. They were assimilated in a way that whitewashed their vast knowledge. Still, there are sources that give us great insight before total destruction, such as the book Lapland Legends: Tales of an Ancient Race and Its Great Gods by Leonne de Cambray (translated).

P175:  "The Stallo and Potto-Podnie" 
This time she sent a horde of powerful strangers with sharp weapons to make an end of the happy people. These men were tall in stature, strong, cruel, and greedy for gold, and their weapons were like those of the Roiters, were made of a shining, biting substance which was hard and cold and gleamed like moonbeams upon ice (Giants showed Norse how to craft swords with advanced knowledge?) Against these weapons, the Kobdas' magic seemed powerless. Once more, the sun-children sought shelter in the forests and among the mountains.

One has to wonder about the all-consuming search for how old Norse made such amazingly honed swords. Was this is a skill passed down from observation or training by the giants? 


Interestingly, this site (above) was said by the Saami to be an old settlement of the Stallo (giants). Looks familiar, hmm?  


Here's one from Sudan (above). These mounds are all over the world! 


Serpent mound (above) Ohio


Azraq Oasis (above) Middle East 

Source:  The Stallo were portrayed as big stupid giants who caused trouble, ate the people and tormented them, but through good behavior, bravery, and intelligence, the Saami could survive. 

Many think this is an archetype from time immemorial, such as David and Goliath. The question is, was this a real theme played out in the reality if the ancients' lives in dealing with giants and proudly told by the victors who obliterated the race of troublesome cannibals?





Interestingly, Inari Lake has a peculiarly large high island with a sacrificial cave that was considered sacred to the Saami people. (source)


Conclusion

It's interesting to note that a very isolated arctic culture managed to have the same themes of giants eating their people, having advanced tools, being stupid and outsmarted by trickery, and the David and Goliath theme portrayed. For cultures with no exposure to each other in ancient times, these legends say something about a true environment of giants and the running themes of dealing with them. This is much like legends around the world of harpooning whales. Man in boats, came upon whales, and mastered them with harpoons. This was a universal experience, so they wrote of it, sometimes in epic explanations of bravery.

I will be exploring legends and archaeological finds in many regions. We begin this week with the icy northern hemisphere and work our way down. There will also be many posts this month about other things having to do with giants that you didn't know or wanted to know more about! 



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