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Ancient Giants: History, Myth, and Scientific Evidence from around the World (Anglais) Broché – 12 juin 2018

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Chapter 9

Ancient Giants of Australia and New Zealand


The lands down under hold vast resources of lost, forgotten, and mostly overlooked ancient history. The aborigine tribes speak of alien visitors, lost cultures, mysterious monsters, and of course ancient giants. In the 1875 edition of the Timaru Herald, we can read about some of these ancient Australian giants:

A very large skeleton was found yesterday, about 7 feet below the surface of the sand on the Saltwater Creek spit. Mr. Bullock, the carter [cart driver], in removing some sand for building purposes, dropped across this relic of a past age and brought the fragments to town. We have had an opportunity of inspecting them and were struck by their symmetry no less than their great size.(1)

The skull of this giant was supposedly big enough to hold the skull of a normal human just in its mouth alone. According to local Maori legend these giants were known as the Te Kahui Tipua and had perished in a great flood ages ago. Most of the discovered giant bones were found in New Zealand around the vicinity of the city of Timaru. Numerous reports of these giant skeletons of the Te Kahui Tipua were found up into the twentieth century, however, like in most cases, the bones have all gone missing, and all we are left with are the initial reports of their discovery, like the giant bones found in a cave near Port Waikato. Kept alive by an article in N.Z.Truth dated September 29, 1965, (2) this pair of giant Maori skeletons has also mysteriously vanished.

In New South Wales, the fossil of an Australian giant was discovered near Bathurst, alongside huge stone tools and hand-axes of tremendous weight and size. The fossicker that discovered the ancient haul believed the bones belonged to somebody that could have been up to twelve feet tall. This discovery reaffirms the aborigines’ beliefs that there once existed on the Australian continent a giant race of tool-wielding hominids who preceded them by thousands of years.

According to indigenous Australian beliefs, the Giants of the Dreamtime were a race of giant hominids that roamed the Australia continent long before the appearance of the first Aborigines. Australia is also home to 20,000-year-old human footprints and just recently Cretaceous dinosaur tracks were found on Broome’s Cable beach in Western Australia. As for the ancient Australian giants they are survived by their massive stone tools, giant molars, and in the monstrous footprints they left fossilized into the rocks of down under.

French sailors discovered a tribe of “formidable giants” on Shark Bay in Western Australia in 1803. Historian Shino Konishi recounts the French sailors’ terrifying encounter with the giants thanks to the ship’s zoologist and chronicler François Péron who documented the odd encounter. Konishi writes, “These giants (there were a hundred or more) carried great shields and enormous spears; long, black beards grew down to the middle of their chests; they ran like furies along the beach, brandishing their weapons; they uttered great, long cries and threatened [the] fishermen, who fled precipitately toward the ship.” Péron himself recalled that, “the most ancient chronicles that we possess concerning this part of New Holland [or “Australia” as we tend to call it these days] portray it as inhabited by a race of formidable giants.”(3)

The Solomon Islands, an island archipelago near Papa New Guinea in the South Pacific, has an interesting history of giants as well with astonishing tales both ancient and modern. According to local reports, and the research of writers like Marius Boirayon and Jonathan Gray, it’s said that giants still live inside the vast cave systems running underneath the rainforest mountain ranges of Guadalcanal. Could these accounts of modern giants be true? The mountain ranges of Guadalcanal have been attracting prospectors since the 1970s when gold was first discovered there. By the late ’90s the Ross Mining Company had a monopoly over the local gold-digging business and were in the process of bulldozing an area in northern Guadalcanal when one of their huge bulldozers broke down. Leaving the ten-ton blade behind, the workers hauled the bulldozer back to the workshop and promptly called it a night. The next morning when bulldozer and crew returned to the site they were astonished to find that the ten-ton blade had vanished! Everyone on the team was in disbelief. How could such a heavy object vanish without a trace? A search party for the blade was soon organized and after about twenty minutes one of the workers discovered a trail of giant human footprints leading up to a small hill with a cave entrance opening. The footprints ended near the base of a cave and the mammoth blade was discovered discarded about a hundred feet away. These were the same living giants that former Guadalcanal Premier and Finance Minister, Victor Ngele, fatefully encountered during a scouting expedition on Gold Ridge. But bad weather and a slippery road left their Toyota Hilux 4WD truck bogged down off the road in the mud. With their vehicle unmovable and stuck, Ngele and his companions made the trek back to the nearest village for help. When they returned they were surprised to find their Toyota back on the road, but even more shocked to see two giant fifteen-feet-tall men standing on each end of the muddied truck. In fear, everyone scrambled away from the Toyota with the giants dashing into the forest and Ngele and his crew returning the way they came. About a half hour later after summoning the courage to return to the site, Ngele examined the giant footprints and determined that the two giants had picked up the truck and placed it safely back on the road.

Revue de presse

Ancient Giants is a well-researched blend of myth, legend, academic literature, newspaper accounts, and oral traditions attesting to the reality of giants in our past. The ubiquitous nature of giant lore is stunning in its own right, and the author takes us to every corner of the globe to display that this mystery is more than mere fiction. The fascination with giants exists to this very day and is firmly rooted in the collective unconscious, most likely because it is a historical reality. A very worthwhile addition to the ancient mysteries genre.”, Jim Vieira, star of History Channel’s Search for the Lost Giants

“Legends of giants permeate all cultures and eras. Isn’t it time we reviewed the evidence with open minds? Xaviant Haze does just that in Ancient Giants.”, Andrew Gough, historical mysteries documentary presenter and researcher

Ancient Giants is a whistle-stop tour of giant mythology and discoveries from around the globe. If you have ever wondered why giants seem to be a universal theme in mythology and religious lore, Xaviant provides a one-stop shop of the bizarre and spectacular world of oversize people.”, Bruce Fenton, author of The Forgotten Exodus: The Into Africa Theory of Human Evolution

Détails sur le produit

  • Broché : 192 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1591432936
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1591432937
  • Dimensions du produit : 15.24 x 1.27 x 22.86 cm
  • Éditeur : Bear & Company (12 juin 2018)
  • Poids de l'article : 331 g
  • Langue : : Anglais
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