Giants are the monsters of human appearance but prodigious size and strength common in the mythology and legends of many different cultures. The word giant, coined in 1297, was derived from the gigantes (Greek: γίγαντες) of Greek mythology.
In various Indo-European mythologies, gigantic peoples are featured as primeval creatures associated with chaos and the wild nature, and they are frequently in conflict with the gods, be they Olympian, Celtic, Hindu or Norse. Giants also often play similar roles in the mythologies and folklore of other, non Indo-European peoples, such as in the Nartian traditions.
There are also accounts of giants in the Old Testament, most famously Goliath, Og King of Bashan, the Nephilim, the Anakim, and the giants of Egypt mentioned in 1 Chronicles 11:23. Attributed to them are extraordinary strength and physical proportions.
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Keywords: Goliath, Goliath giant, David Goliath, Giant, How tall was Goliath, Height of Goliath
Bible reference(s): 1 Samuel 17:4-10, 1 Samuel 17:23, 1 Samuel 21:9, 1 Samuel 22:10, 2 Samuel 21:16, 2 Samuel 21:18-20, 2 Samuel 21:22, 1 Chronicles 20:4-6, 1 Chronicles 20:8, Judith 16:7, Wisdom of Solomon 14:6, Sirach/Ecclesiasticus 16:7, Sirach/Ecclesiasticus 47:4, Baruch 3:26, 1 Maccabees 3:3
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