Sunday, April 19, 2015

Giants Roam the Earth

Giants fascinate children most, and mothers do not run out of stories about the kapre or Jack and the Beanstalk or the giant squid that attacked Captain Nemo’s submarine in Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea to keep them at home or eat their vegetables.
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Giants to the young mind are living creatures bigger than life, and they possess supernatural powers that they unleash either for good or evil.

There are friendly giants, ugly giants, sleeping giants, giants of the deep, and so on.

They are aggressive or passive, visible or invisible, loved or feared and hated. It is the enigma about them that heightens their stories, and in fact the stories themselves make them real giants.Here are popular giants from books and stories, which are often featured in comics, cartoons, movies, and TV programs:

·         Cyclops, Hydraet al.  Greek mythology would not be as exciting if there were no giants. Giants made Hercules a legendary hero. Imagine the giants he fought - the, among others, during his ten years of wandering.

·         Minotaur - half man, half bull - whom Theseus killed in order to liberate the monster's hostages.

·         Nessie in Loch Ness (Scotland) is believed to be a prehistoric reptile. It continues to attract tourists, even after a century after someone took a photo of the monsters on the murky water.

·         Gulliver by Jonathan Swift. was a giant in the land of  Lilliput, but in the second episode in, he was a dwarf  in Brobdingnad, land of the giants.

·         Angalo and Aran, giant couple, Ilocano mythology, so huge  Angalo made the seas, rivers, lakes, mountains and plains singlehandedly.

·         Bigfoot  is believed to be a huge hairy creature roaming the forests of North America. It is projected as a prehistoric man with beast like characteristics.

·         Abominable Snowman or Yeti (photo) has been sighted on a number of occasions by residents on the snowy slopes of the Himalayas.

·         King Kong the ape monster that crushed cares and leveled buildings.

·         How big was Goliath in the bible that the boy hero, David slew?

·         Bernardo Carpio, friendly giant in Philippine legends believed to have created mountain pass and valleys. 

·         Jake and Beanstalk is favorite bedtime story is. I wonder how the story can lull children to sleep - especially when the giant comes crushing down to earth!

·         Honey I Shrunk the Kids and its opposite - Honey I Blew Up the Baby became cinema's box office attractions.


Giants parade on the streets in Mardi Gras in Brazil, Philippine Fiestas, like Pahiyas in Laguna, and in Lenten season.

Pahiyas, Lucban Laguna

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