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Giants
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[German Version]

In the history of religions. In the mythologies (Myth/Mythology) of the most divergent religious traditions, giants or mostly anthropomorphous protagonists of extraordinary bodily dimensions, envisioned as composite beings, play a role between humans and deities. The giant figure can have a positive or a negative connotation, and it can be either ugly or beautiful, threatening or protective, with raw power or wisdom, female or male. Its size expresses through physical superiority the monstrous and the hosti…

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Mohn, Jürgen, “Giants”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 12 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_024984>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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