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Nephilim
נְפִילִים‬
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General Information
Scientific name nephilim
Homeworld Earth
Habitat Mountainous regions, caves, underground
Height up to 8 meters
Diet Humans; Carnivore
Lifespan Over 100 years
Sapience Level Semi-Sapient
Behavior Extremely aggressive/hostile
Language Unknown
Reproduction The Elioud, offspring of the nephilim.
Behind the Scenes
Universe Real (first recorded by Jewish rabbis in the 2nd century BCE[1])

Nephilim (Hebrew: meaning “bully, tyrant, giant”) is a Hebrew word that was used in second century BCE Jewish writings to describe the offspring of certain angels. The concept can be found in the creation stories of the Hebrew Bible and the Books of Enoch. In Genesis 6:1-4 they were the offspring of the "sons of God" and the "daughters of men" before the Great Deluge.

Ancient aliensEdit

The Ancient Aliens hypothesis speculates that Earth was once visited by extraterrestrials. Based on Mesopotamian and Semitic stories, like that of the nephilim, Ancient Alien supporters promote the idea that hybrid humans were bred by extraterrestrials who mated with human women.

The earliest known pantheon in recorded human history are the Anunna (Anunnaki) who are said to have helped mankind become civilized, and thus develop the civilization of Sumer. Supporters of the Ancient aliens hypothesis, such as Zecharia Sitchin, point to the Anunnaki as the extraterrestrials who came to Earth and who became the root of all known mythologies (ie. Hindu, Egyptian, Jewish).

HistoricityEdit

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Life Among the Piutes is the autobiography of Sarah Winnemucca, a Paiute princess and a major figure in the history of Nevada who gives the tale of the Si-Te-Cah giants.[2]

According to 2nd century BCE Jewish writings, a notable characteristic of nephilim was that they were described as giants, hence the meaning of the word. Enthusiasts, such as L. A. Marzulli, attempt to connect the dots in folklore from other cultures regarding giants.

One of the most famous Native American tales of giants is in Paiute myth, regarding the legendary tribe of the Si-Te-Cah, whose mummified remains were allegedly discovered by miners in a cave known as "Lovelock cave" in Lovelock, Nevada, United States. Although the cave had been extracted since 1911, it was not until 1912, when the miners notified the authorities. An archaeological excavation continued to produce 10,000 artifacts. "Si-Te-Cah" literally means "eaters of tulle" in the language of the Paiute Indians. Tulle is a fibrous water plant. In order to distance themselves from the Paiute, the Si-Te-CAHS have lived on rafts made of tulle in lago. According to the Paiute, the Si-Te-Cah were a hostile tribe that practiced cannibalism. The Si-Te-Cah and Paiute rivaled until the giants were annihilated.

Such Native American myths from North to South America can be attributed to oral traditions passed down from as early as what the Bearing Straight hypothesis indicates, where ancestors of Native Americans migrated from Asia and were likely influenced by the stories of giants in Mesopotamian mythology. However, there has been little to no substantial proof, for the general populous, that giant human remains exist, nor have any trace amounts of extraterrestrial DNA been produced. Excavations of said and unsaid giant human remains are clouded in conspiracy theory.

Anunna mythologyEdit

The Anunna (Anunnaki) were often represented as giants themselves in Mesopotamian mythology which heavily influenced the Egyptian Ennead and later Greek mythologies.

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HybridizationEdit

Judaists and some Christians believed that the Nephilim were giant hybrids, children of women who had intercourse with celestial beings, whose mongrel DNA, caused a shock of acceleration in size. By adulthood they are said to have reached 8 meters in height, and were described as "The brave men of fame" in the Hebrew Bible.

Some Jewish Rabbis and minor Christian sects believe that after the destruction of the Hebrew Bible flood, few Nephilim survived and migrated (possibly to the land of Canaan), and mingled with the peasant women, generating a new generation of races of smaller giants, 5 meters as Anakim, which spread to Babylon and Egypt and their descendants came as 3 and 2 meters high as: Rephaim, Emim and Zuzim in others land.

Popular cultureEdit

  • Nephilim is a living Relic in the Senki Zesshou Symphogear universe.
  • Aliens known as Nephilim are the primary antagonists of the 2011 film Alien Armageddon.
  • In Babylon 5, Nephilim is the name given to the Vorlons' genetic experiments created with the intent of developing viable humanoid telepaths.

SourcesEdit

  1. Fahlbusch E., Bromiley G.W. The Encyclopedia of Christianity: P–Sh page 411, ISBN 0-8028-2416-1 (2004)
  2. Life Among the Piutes: Their Wrongs And Claims by Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins, forward by Catherine S. Fowler (1994)

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