The Ancient Giants of Mexico

In ancient Mexico giant beings played a key part in their history and folklore. Their presence is confirmed in the sacred religious and historical texts that have survived from the 16th century. These rare texts managed to construct the ancient history of Mexico as told by the indigenous Indians before their eventual extinction. A history that claims giants once lived in Mesoamerica and even helped in building the pyramids there. The Codex Rios (Vatican A codex), an Italian translation of ancient Mexican history written during the Spanish conquest by a Dominican friar working in Oaxaca and Puebla details a lengthy story of Aztec warriors fighting against giant beings. According to Aztec Mythology, some of the Quinametzin (the Old Ones) giants managed to survive the great floods and regrouped to build or rebuild the ancient city of Teotihuacan and the Great Pyramid of Cholula. Teotihuacan was known as the place where men become Gods and is spread out so that its pyramids and mounds seem to correlate a map of the solar system. 

Besides being built by giants Teotihuacan has other strange anomalies associated with it like the presence of large quantities of Mica. A mineral that is only found 3,000 miles away in Brazil, but yet somehow managed to make its way to almost every building at Teotihuacan. The ancient Indian, Egyptian, Roman, Chinese and Greek civilizations were also fans of Mica which contain superior electrical properties as an insulator and a dielectric. Maybe this added Mica electrical element was used in conjunction with the hundreds of mysterious, pyrite covered orbs archeologists found buried deep beneath the temple of the feathered serpent. So far, mainstream academia has absolutely no idea what these little yellow balls could have been possibly used for.

The Pyramid of the sun at Teotihuacan is the largest pyramid in the Americas and second biggest in the entire world. The Maya, Zapotec and Aztecs all claim that giants built the pyramids found at Teotihuacan. Giant Indians that were not part of the other Native Mexican tribes still inhabited the lands of Mesoamerica when the conquistadors first arrived in the 16th century. Which makes sense considering the firsthand recordings of giant Indians the Spanish logged basically everywhere they went to in the western hemisphere. It’s actually astonishing that it took that long for the western world to be explored. What a simple eco paradise it had been up until the conquistadors arrived. Well, unless you were being roasted alive by a giant cannibal.

According to legends and illustrations contained in the Codex Rios (Codex Vaticano A) and retold in the Spanish Aztec history book The Broken Spears giants were still living amongst the Aztecs, although they lived hidden in the jungles and mostly stayed out of the their way. That was until the conquistadors showed up and put everybody’s lives in jeopardy. Now, as the conquistadors attempted to overthrow the Aztec stronghold of Teotihuacan, one of the giant warriors known as Tzilacatzin helped in fighting the Spanish by throwing huge stones down on the befuddled conquistadors. Despite being defeated that day the violent Spaniards eventually gained entrance to Teotihuacan and promptly murdered and enslaved the remaining Aztecs including their giant warrior Tzilacatzin. An Indian who was most likely related to the more ancient Quinametzin giants, of whom were believed by the ancient Mesoamericans as the builders of Teotihuacan.

A son of a Spanish priest, Fray Diego Duran grew up in central Mexico and was familiar with the remaining giant Indians that stood on the edge of extinction there. Duran was given a unique firsthand opportunity to learn about the Aztecs and the early indigenous history of Mexico. He became a recognized expert on the language, customs, and pre-Columbian history of Mesoamerica and for that reason scholars regard Duran's written works extremely important. After spending thirty-three years among the Natives in Mexico, Duran returned to Spain where he wrote a seventy-eight chapter book detailing the history of Mexico from its mysterious origins up until the conquest of the Spanish. In gathering information, Duran used Indians who knew how to interpret native hieroglyphics into picture-writing manuscripts, helping Explain to him the Native stories and how they related to the accompanying pictographs of hybrid animals and men cloaked in feathered serpent attire. With the help of the Indians Duran was able to successfully record the ancient history of Mexico, a history that according to his writings wasn’t shy about the fact that giants once held a formidable presence there. According to Aztec history as recorded by Duran, the lands of central Mexico were ruled completely by a race of giants until local tribes combined forces to run them out of the area. Duran writes that once the tribes had won a few victories and began to settle:

They recorded in their painted books the type of land and kind of people they found here. These books show two types of people, one from the west of the snow-covered mountains toward Mexico, and the other on the east, where Puebla and Cholula are found. Those from the first region were Chichimecs and the people from Puebla and Cholula were 'The Giants,' the Quiname, which means 'men of great stature.'…The other people who were found in Tlaxcala and Cholula and Huexotzinco are said to have been 'Giants.' These were enraged at the coming of the invaders and tried to defend their land…of the battles that the Cholultecs fought with the Giants until they killed them or drove them from the country. These Giants lived no less bestially than the Chichimecs, as they had abominable customs and ate raw meat from the hunt. In certain places of that region enormous bones of the Giants have been found, which I myself have seen dug up at the foot of cliffs many times…The Giants tried to defend themselves, and, as they could not find their weapons, it is said that they tore branches from the trees with the same ease as one cuts a turnip, and in this way defended themselves valiantly. But finally all were killed.

Duran’s writings offer a valuable glimpse into Aztec history, mythology and culture and are amongst the oldest known Mesoamerican historical texts. The history of Mexico is fascinating and full of fireballs from the heavens, flayed magical serpents and of course larger than life characters like ancient giants. Having had first hand encounters with these giant Indians Duran later wrote:

It cannot be denied that there have been giants in this country. I can affirm this as an eyewess, for I have met men of monstrous stature here. I believe that there are many in Mexico who will remember, as I do, a giant Indian who appeared in a procession of the feast of Corpus Christi. He appeared dressed in yellow silk and a halberd at his shoulder and a helmet on his head. And he was all of three feet taller than the others.

These giants seem to be everywhere in the histories and mythological records of the ancients. But taken by today’s standards 500 years ago when the conquistadors were roaming around the valley of Mexico is basically the equivalent to living thousands of year’s way back when as any millennial with wireless headphones and a $500 smart phone would tell you. It’s a phone that can ironically give you the most amount of free knowledge ever available in a few seconds, yet instead of seeking out the mysteries of the universe most get lost in the endless shuffle of cat videos. The endless mysteries of cats is a topic for some other book, the mysteries of ancient giants is still perplexing and as interesting as ever.

Did the smaller Native Americans walk across the land bridge from Asia while the giant coastal seafaring Indians came on over from the South Pacific regions? Were the Denisovans once related to the ancient giants? Did they leave their Neanderthal kin and make their way to the south pacific where they eventually sailed into Mexico and up the Caribbean? Does this explain why some tribes of the Solomon Islands have red hair and a natural affection for cannibalism? If these giant Denisovans entered the Americas while landing in Peru and other shorelines in Mexico, it wouldn’t be long before their ancient lineage was introduced into the Americas, especially along the coastal areas where eventually their offspring left behind coastal tribes of giant Indians. When the Karankawa traded copper and shells with the red-headed giants of the north, they were likely trading with their own distant relatives as the Americas was the last settling place of the giants. The same giants that according to the Aztecs built the round pyramid of Cuicuilco, which mainstream history claims as the oldest in the Americas, discounting that it was built by giants of course. But when Spanish physician Hernendez entered the odd shaped pyramid in 1531 he wrote about having found the bones of eerie prehistoric beasts (toxodons and titanotheres) lying next to the bones of men at least 17 feet tall!

Another pyramid in ancient Mexico that shares the same architectural style with the pyramids at Teotihuacan and is located about an hour away is the pyramid of Cholula. It’s no surprise that this pyramid, just like the complex at Teotihuacan was also built by the Quinametzin giants. When the conquistador Cortes and his men laid eyes on the massive fifty-acre structure nearly four centuries ago they were in stunned disbelief as the city blew away any architecture they had known back in Spain. The sixteenth-century Spanish Jesuit missionary Joseph de Acosta shares his personal story of giant Indians in Mexico:

When I was in Mexico, in the year of our Lord one thousand five hundred eighty six, they found one of those giants buried in one of our farms, which we call Jesus del Monte, of whom they brought a tooth to be seen, which (without augmenting) was as big as the fist of a man; and, according to this, all the rest was proportional, which I saw and admired at his deformed greatness.

Fernando de Alba Ixtilxochitl, a native born Aztec prince and scholar of Mexico in the 1600’s, compiled another history of Mesoamerica proclaiming there were giants in Mexico known as the Quinametzin, who were eventually defeated by the Olmecs and whose bones could be found all over the country. The Spanish priest-historian Juan de Torquemada wrote another chronicle of ancient Mexico which says that when the Toltecs came to Teotihuacan it was inhabited by monstrous giants with long thin arms. Certain Nahuatl codices even name and depict these giant kings as great builders with godlike abilities. Hubert Howe Bancroft wrote extensively about the history of the Americas in the late 1800’s and his epic work on Mayan mythology the Popol Vuh has become a landmark text of ancient Mesoamerican history. In this highly respected work, Bancroft double checks all of his historical citations, especially Ixtilxochitl’s and confirms the early Native beliefs that giants once ruled Mexico. He writes:

The Quinames, or giants, are mentioned as the first inhabitants of Mexico. Our knowledge of Olmec history subsequent to their first appearance is confined to a few events which occurred in Puebla. Here, chiefly on the Rio Atoyae near Puebla de los Angeles, and Cholula they found the Quinames, or giants. These Quinames, as Ixtlilxochitl states, were survivors of the great destruction which closed the second age of the world. The Quinames, traditionally assigned as the first inhabitants of nearly every part of the country, have been the subject of much discussion among the Spanish writers. Clavegero considers the existence of a race of giants doubtful, although admitting that there were doubtless individuals of great size among them. Villa Senor y Sanchez, one of the early Spanish writers, names Tula as one of the many localities where giants’ bones had been found…Humboldt mentions some giants' bones that were found within the limits of the state of Michoacan. Ribas, in his standard and very rare work on 'The Triumphs of the Faith,' says: "At San Agustin, between the city of Durango and San Juan del Rio, Arlegui notes the existence of bones of giants.

Bernal Diaz del Castillo, a soldier during the Cortes conquest of the Aztecs became friendly with the Tlaxcatecs who told him that a race of giants had once inhabited their land. Castillo later wrote a captivating book The Conquest of New Spain from the Cortes expedition to Mexico around 1520 that stirred imaginations for centuries. In it Castillo shares his story about that enigmatic race of Mesoamerican giants:

They said their ancestors had told them that very tall men and women with huge bones had once dwelt among them but because they were a very bad people with wicked customs they had fought against them and killed them, and those of them who remained had died off. And to show us how big these giants had been they brought us the leg-bone of one, which was very thick and the height of an ordinary-sized man, and that was a leg-bone from the hip to the knee. I measured myself against it, and it was as tall as I am, though I am of a reasonable height. They brought other pieces of bone of the same kind, but they were all rotten and eaten away by the soil. We were all astonished by the sight of these bones and felt certain there must have been giants in that land.

Acclaimed historian Bernardino de Sahagun arrived in the Americas in 1523 and later wrote a twelve-volume tome on pre-conquest Aztec history backing up the claims that the Quinametzin were ancient giants that built both the Teotihuacan and Cholula pyramid complexes. Sahagun also chronicled the strange paranormal activity associated with the pyramids as ten years prior to the conquest, a great triangular ball of flame hovered in the skies for one year straight, causing much concern among the tribes. More weird things followed including fires of unknown origins and rays from the skies that leveled some of their temples and pyramids. These events were seen as omens and that a great change was coming, and it did with the arrival of "comets in the heavens flying in threes" that left behind strange heavily sounds and waves of vibrations in their wake. This period of extreme Aztec uncertainty produced more outlandish niceties when Sahagun writes of a monstrous winged bird of the likes never seen before being brought before a disturbed Moctezuma. This bird even had a magical “mirror” on its head that dazzled Moctezuma's astrologers with visions of marching armed soldiers riding strange beasts. Was this “mirror” some sort of television monitor and were these beasts actually horses? After all, horses were actually strange beasts that the Indians had never seen before the arrival of the Spanish. Whatever this mysterious bird was it vanished before Moctezuma’s eyes, signaling that the world as they knew it would soon be coming to an end.

It wouldn’t be long before old empires fell and new kingdoms had risen, and with it so goes the histories of the fallen, rewritten to the befitting of future historians. And while both the ancient Aztecs and the conquistadors spoke of a race of long forgotten giants as well as giant Indians that still remained in dwindling numbers, the history books have succeed in editing out this bit of fascinating history. Hundreds of years after the Spanish had settled Mexico, farmers, engineers and workers were once again astonishingly digging up and discovering giant bones while either ploughing their fields or digging construction on new buildings. In 1909, builders near Mexico City, the original stomping grounds of the Quinametzin giants found a fifteen foot tall skeleton! As reported in the February 3rd, 1909 edition of the New York Tribune:

Find Prehistoric Giant
Skeleton 15 Feet High Unearthed in Mexico
News was received here Monday from Mexico that at Ixtapalapa, a town 10 miles southeast of Mexico City, there had been discovered what was believed to be the skeleton of a prehistoric giant of extraordinary size. A peon while excavating for the foundation of a house on the estate of Augustin Juarez found the skeleton of a human being that is estimated to have been about 15 feet high, and who must have lived ages ago, judging from the ossified state of the bones. Romulo Luna, judge of the District, has taken possession of the skeleton which is complete with the exception of the skull. Judge Luna says that as soon as the search for the skull is finished the skeleton will be forwarded to the national museum, of Mexico, which has an almost priceless collection of Aztec antiquities. The National museum, it is said, has made arrangements to investigate this “find”. The discovery of the skeleton has revived the old Aztec legend that in a prehistoric age a race of giants lived valley of Anahuac, a name given by the aboriginal Mexicans to that part of the Mexican plateau nearly corresponding to the modern valley of Mexico City. These giants, known as Quinatzins, the story goes, were afterwards destroyed by the Ulmecas, also of great stature, who in turn, perished by earthquake, interpreted as an expression of the wrath of God.

All throughout the settling of Mexico, numerous reports of giant skeletons ranging from seven to over 13 feet in height can be found. There’s even the curious case of the sub-genre species of giants that have six toes and fingers – ancient hieroglyphs in Mexico even depict them. 

Chronicles 20:6 tells us about the ancient six-fingered giants of the Holy Lands: And there was again war at Gath, where was a man of great stature, whose fingers and toes were four and twenty, six [on each hand], and six [on each foot]; and he also was born unto the giant. 

To the ancient Mexicans the belief in giants was a foregone conclusion. It was an unmistakable fabric of their origins, woven into their ancestry without the slightest bit of condescendence. The mythological history of Mesoamerica, along with the regions impressive pyramids and archeological discoveries of large bones both past and present proves that ancient Mexico was once home to that mysterious race of lost giants. 

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