So, who were the Nephilim? In the bible, they are the sons of God and the daughters of men…however that works. Loosely translated the word means “giants”, although some believe the word comes from the Hebrew word for “fallen”. Their presence in the bible has been interpreted many different ways. Some claim them to be the offspring of angels, while others claim them to actually be fallen angels.
In the folklore and mythology of every culture there have been stories and legends of giants. One may wonder if the myths were based on facts, or if the facts actually became distorted into mythological legends over time. In the society in which it is told, a myth is usually regarded as a true account of the remote past.
The first discovery of what may have been actual proof of the Nephilim’s existence happened in 1705. Massachusetts Puritan Cotton Mather strongly believed that bones found near Albany, New York actually belonged to giants who died in Noah’s flood.
In 1894 a discover of a prehistoric cemetery at Montpelier, France yielded three human skulls (28, 31, and 32 inches in circumference), along with other bones of gigantic proportions. It was determined that these bones belonged to a race of giants of 10 to 15 feet tall.
In Hinduism there is a race of giants called the Daityas. They are a clan of the Asura, a race of deities who are always battling the devas for power. The devas are benevolent supernatural beings while the Daityas are aggressive and power-seeking. The word, asura, in ancient hymns means powerful or mighty.
Paiute legend, their ancestors battled this race of giants who were a hostile and warlike tribe. “Si-Te-Cah” was the name that the Paiutes called the red-haired giants. Si-Te-Cah in Paiute language means “tule eaters”, for they ate the fibrous water plant, tule. Supposedly, the giants were also cannibals.
Other tribes, like the Mayan and Aztecs, recorded encounters with giants on journeys further north. On many continents burial sites and remains of giants have been discovered, some as tall as 12 to 15 feet.
In Greek mythology, Atlas was one of the Titans who went to war against Zeus’s gods of Olympus. When the Titans lost, Zeus condemned Atlas to hold up the sky, for al eternety.
In Irish mythology, Balor was the king of the Fomorians, a race of giants who were said to be early settlers of Ireland. Balor, much like the cyclops, was a one-eyed giant and the God of death.
Jentil are giants from the mythology of the Basque region of France/Spain, and are said represent the pagans who inhabited the land before Christianity. Jentil the giants that loved to throw rocks. because of this they were thought to have built the many megalithic stone circles and dolmens in the Basque region.