Erle Frayne D. Argonza / Ra
Gracious afternoon to you all!
As a young lad I was taught, like everyone else, tales that came straight from ancient folklore. As each nation has its own indigenous narratives to pass on to younger generations, so does my nation possess our indigenous tales. The Philippines is so wealthy with folklore, that I feel it is a privilege to be born here due to this wealth.
I’ve been saying all along in my notes that folklore is the best source of ‘ancient wisdom’ among the Malays. Not scriptures, but folklore are the repositories of ‘higher mysteries’ in Southeast Asia. Such as the knowledge of physical stature which is the subject of physical anthropology and paleontology.
Among the lore subjects that caught my attention with wonderment was the one about giants. Our narratives do have them, and fact is when I entered the university and began studying sociology (major) and anthropology (minor), I encountered lots of other narratives from the diverse ethnic communities across the archipelago. I was amazed at the presence of the ‘giant discourse’.
There is the narrative about Biuag & Malana among the Malawegs and Ibanags. Biuag was a giant while Malana was a warrior-hero. Across the Matalag River each one positioned himself, poised in combat, with a beautiful lady as reward for the winner. Malana, who was more agile and cunningly smarter, eventually was victor.
There is a parallelism of that narrative with the story of Achilles in Iliad. At one point, Achilles had to face a giant who was champion for a group of Greeks. He quite so easily out-maneuvered and killed the rather phlegmatic giant.
Just by gathering some dozens of indigenous narratives to find out whether giants are present in them would suffice to discover a pattern. Incidentally, as far as the Philippine side of the Malay massif is concerned, our documentation of folklore has been thorough and comprehensive, which indicates positively such a pattern.
The pattern is the clash of two (2) races of people: one of giants, and another of mainstream humans. Often the giant operates alone or is solitary, with exaggerated heights of standing as tall as a 100-foot tree or so. But that is poetic language which was the language of antiquity, so shorn of exaggeration we would see instead a race of man—represented by the solitary giant—who was taller than the average-height humans of the time.
Note that the average heights of Ibanags and their cousin ethnicities (Igorots, Itawes, Malawegs, Ivatans for example) must have been past six (6) feet. The ancient Ibanags were of stocky physique, but agile and battle-ready, as indicated by folk narratives about warriors.
Using 6.5 feet as average for man (a bit less for women), we can estimate that the giants squared off by the Ibanags in battles (signified by Biuag) must have been at least nine (9) feet tall. Some members of that race must have been within the range of 10-15 feet, which anthropologists of today would flatly refute as ridiculous.
According to ‘ancient wisdom’ (see Blavatsky’s Secret Doctrine) the races that preceded us were indeed gigantic in stature. Two patterns of phenomena would be noticed as follows: (1) a new breed of smaller stature were created (genetically bred) from the older giants; and, (2) within a race, the stature would become smaller and smaller in height across time.
The Ibanags of today as well as their cousin ethnicities are just above 5 feet in average height, a drop of more than a foot from their ancient pedigrees. Besides, the physique of present Ibanags are slim and non-stocky, that slim built seemingly the pattern since after the advent of Western colonialism.
If the ancient giants were the pedigree of the shorter-height Malays (Ibanags among them), then we can safely say, using ancient wisdom, that the giants were the Lemurians of antiquity. From out of the Lemurians were bred the Malays who more fittingly belong to the Atlantean or 4th ‘root race’. The Lemurians ranged from 25-35 feet, bred to adapt to the environment where giant predatory mammals roamed the Earth.
Even the early Malays, who were properly ‘Atlantean’ (part of the worldwide ‘root race’) peoples, were of heights averaging 15 feet at one juncture. That’s almost three (3) times higher than the current Malays who are just past five (5) feet in height. The Malays surely have dwindled in height and physique across time, maybe due to in-breeding.
In the West, we can find a parallelism among the Italians. Their ancient pedigrees, Etruscans and Romans (Latins), were of stocky built and past six (6) feet tall. Vandals also joined the ancient Romans, who were likewise very tall and stocky, and co-populated Italy. Today, look at how the resulting people of Italians have become much shorter in height that seems to average just above 5.5 feet.
Our own anthropologists actually discovered bones of past seven (7) feet in height, somewhere in Central Philippines. But wary of the theoretical crisis that the bone finds would spark, the scientists decided to keep the find as a top secret, never to be talked about in conferences. What hubris and smugness from our own local experts!
No secrets can ever remain secrets in the Philippines anyway, due to the power of the oral tradition. And so the archeological find did reach the ears of many quarters, the mass media and scientific community included, and we keep tab of it as controversial finds though factual.
Who knows the ancient Malays of the post-glacial period did recede in size so radically? Such a size would later be reduced from an original 15 feet to 7.5 feet as indicated by the Central Philippine diggings. And now, from that 7.5 feet (of Neolithic times) we were reduced to our present 5.5 feet average.
As I was saying all along, folklore is a veritable source of high knowledge or ‘higher mysteries’ or ‘ancient wisdom’. If we cannot find physical evidences of giants in archeological diggings, then let’s find them in myths and legends. It won’t take long and archaeology will follow, gradually unveiling ancient giants who were in fact our father races.
[Philippines, 24 May 2010]
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