The secret of the ancient race of Giants. Part 2

The secret of the ancient race of Giants. Part 2
The secret of the ancient race of Giants. Part 2

Antonio Cauzzi Mosquin, a giant from the city of Trent in Tyrol.

Father and Uncle Marco set off on a trip to Asia. Miniature from the manuscript Livre des merveilles du monde (c. 1410-1412), fol. 1 piece.

Pope Callixtus I, also called Callistus I, was Bishop of Rome (according to Sextus Julius Africanus) from c. 218 before his death approx. 222 or 223. Lives of the Saints, France, Paris, 14th century, Richard de Monbaston et al.

A holiday organized in Paris in the spring of 1612 on the Place des Vosges №2.

An engraving depicting the celebrations organized in Paris on April 5, 6, 7, 1612 at Place Royale (now Place des Vosges) in honor of the announcement of the wedding of Louis XIII and Anne of Austria, Madame Elisabeth and Philippe.

It was an impressive celebration with giants, dragons and pegasus in addition to a large number of exotic animals.

An engraving depicting the celebrations organized in Paris on April 5, 6, 7, 1612 at Place Royale (now Place des Vosges) in honor of the announcement of the wedding of Louis XIII and Anne of Austria, Madame Elisabeth and Philippe.

The royal people themselves are not small in stature …

Here, comments are generally superfluous. It's not just "grown to 2.5 meters due to a genetic disease." These are precisely the representatives of the race of giants. Look at the horses in comparison …

Pay attention - a couple of elephants are dragging a piece of land dug out somewhere with vegetation on it. What for? Look closely and see two plant people. So much for the "legends". They will not survive if pulled out of the ground, so they were dragged here along with the piece of land where they lived.

And look at this:

Horses with dragon tails, drag a ship in a moving local lake of water with waves, surrounded by mermaids blowing into some kind of mountain (maybe it is they who control the water?).

Kings taken prisoner. I wonder who they are?

This must be assumed to be a sea dragon, since he was chained to a mountain from which fountains of water gush and which creates a puddle of water around this dragon so that he does not die …

More captive kings, chained to the platform with chains around their necks..

An engraving depicting the celebrations organized in Paris on April 5, 6, 7, 1612 at Place Royale (now Place des Vosges) in honor of the announcement of the wedding of Louis XIII and Anne of Austria, Madame Elisabeth and Philippe.

Ok … On this engraving dated 1612 we see giants, giants in appearance similar to Turks, Tatars (Tartar?), Ancient Romans with captives in crowns. They also bear the Roman insignia of the winged hussars from Poland.

Elephants, rhinos, lions, panthers, unicorns, dragons of two types - sea and land living, mermaids, a moving reservoir in which a ship moves, pulled by a pair of ends with dragon tails and mermaids.

Giants, but taller than tartars and naked, perhaps giants from Patagonia …

Winged horses - pegasus, plant people who are dragged along with a piece of land on which they grow and a huge amount of everything that cannot be and that is considered "legends and myths of ancient peoples."

And all this "mythical and impossible" was present at the celebrations in Paris on April 5, 6, 7, 1612 at the Royal Square (now the Place des Vosges) in honor of the announcement of the wedding of Louis XIII and Anna of Austria, Madame Elizabeth and Philippe.

Andrea Mantegna, Martyrdom of Saint Christopher, c. 1448, Padua, reproduction. The original was destroyed or badly damaged during World War II.

Martyrdom and the transport of the decapitated body of Saint Christopher, painted by Andrea Mantegna in the Ovetari chapel of the Eremitani church in the middle of the 15th century. The church was badly damaged by the bombing of 1944, with dramatic consequences for the frescoes painted by the Renaissance master.

I wonder what was originally on this fresco. A very interesting patch of damage was inflicted. This is not accidental damage "during the Second World War" - St. Christopher was literally erased and it can be clearly seen.

On the left it looks (almost completely scraped off), as if a large animal's eye remained in the head of a large animal, on the outlines of a person's body with tied hands. This would correspond to the image of Saint Christopher as a cinocephalus … Maybe that's why he was erased, since he was a man with the head of an animal?

On the reproductions, we most likely see something quite different from what was there originally. On the original, the body and face, and the head of the body of Saint Christopher, the giant and the cinocephalus, are erased.

St. Christopher (Pseglavets / Kinocephalus).

This iconographic image of St. Christopher Pseglavets took place in the Orthodox Church for a long time, and was banned at the Moscow Cathedral in 1667.

The Old Believer Church still venerates the saint, depicted with a dog's head. The icon with his image can still be seen in the Moscow Old Believer Church of the Intercession and other Old Believer churches.

After the ban in 1722 by the Synod of "strange and terrible" depictions of Christopher with a dog's head, many icons and wall paintings were corrected.

During the restoration of the frescoes of the cathedral, the contours of the recorded original dog's head emerged from under the human face.

About St. There are many legends about Christopher Pseglavets. According to one of them, Christopher (his name before the baptism of Rebrebus) belonged to the Psaglava cannibal tribe, which is so often spoken of in Greek myths. According to another, the young man Christopher was so attractive that women did not give him rest, constantly leading him into temptation. Christopher asked God to save him from this problem, and God gave him a dog's head, after which the saint became ugly "like a dog." The second version is also supported by the Sviyazh icon painting tradition, depicting Christopher not with a dog's head, but with a horse's head.

The most plausible explanation for the appearance of such a strange saint is that the Copts (Egyptians) wanted to preserve their favorite image of the god Anubis in their new Christian religion. Indeed, the similarity is almost complete.

The case of St. Christopher in this case is far from the only example. If the iconographic image of a saint with a dog's head by the time of the Reformation almost everywhere disappeared in the east and west, then in the 18th century there were saints with dog's heads in the Coptic Church - the heirs of the former Egyptian deities. The next icon from the Museum of Coptic Art in Cairo depicts Saints Achraks and Augani, who also have dog heads.

The Holy Martyr Christopher lived in the III century and suffered about 250, during the reign of the emperor Decius (249 - 251). There are many different legends about his life and miracles, his memory is honored in both the Eastern and Western Churches. (The memory of the martyr Christopher is especially honored in Spain, where his prayers are resorted to for infectious diseases.) His origins are said in different ways. According to some sources - he comes from the Canaanites, according to others - cinocephalic.

Saint Christopher was a man of tall stature and extraordinary strength, but his face was animal-like. According to legend, Saint Christopher originally had a beautiful appearance, but, wishing to avoid temptations for himself and those around him, he asked the Lord to give him an ugly face, which was fulfilled. Before his Baptism, he bore the name Reprev (unfit), which was due to his disfigured appearance. Even before Baptism, Reprev professed faith in Christ and denounced those who persecuted Christians. For this he was once beaten by a certain Bacchus and accepted the beatings with humility. Shortly thereafter, 200 soldiers were sent to bring him, the famous strongman, to the emperor Decius. Reprev obeyed without resistance. Miracles happened on the way: a dry cane blossomed in the saint's hand, through his prayer, bread multiplied, which the travelers lacked, like the multiplication of bread by the Savior in the wilderness. The soldiers accompanying Reprev were amazed by miracles, believed in Christ and, together with Reprev, were baptized by the Antiochian bishop Babila

When Saint Christopher was brought before the emperor, he was horrified by his appearance and decided to force him to renounce Christ, not by violence, but by cunning. He summoned two women-harlots, Kallinikia and Aquilina, ordered them to persuade Christopher to renounce Christ and obtain his consent to offer sacrifice to idols. But the women themselves were converted by Saint Christopher to faith in Christ and, returning to the emperor, declared themselves Christians, for which they were subjected to cruel tortures and died as martyrs. Decius also sentenced to execution the soldiers sent for Saint Christopher, who believed in Christ. The emperor gave orders to throw the martyr into a red-hot copper box. However, Saint Christopher did not experience suffering and remained unharmed. After many cruel tortures, they finally cut off the martyr's head with a sword. This happened in 250 in Lycia. By his miracles, the holy martyr Christopher converted up to 50 thousand pagans to Christ, as evidenced by Saint Ambrose. Subsequently, the relics of Saint Christopher were transferred to Toledo, and later to the Abbey of Saint-Denis in France.

In Russia, the image of Christopher with a dog's head is typical for icons of the 16th - 17th centuries. But then they began to express dissatisfaction with the fact that the great martyr was depicted in such an obscene form. At the Moscow Cathedral in 1667, such an image was forbidden, and Metropolitan Arseny demanded that all existing icons be corrected with a dog's head on a human. So some miraculously preserved icons and images of St. Christopher with a dog's head have become a rarity. In addition to the fresco in the Assumption Monastery in the city of Sviyazhsk, there is a fresco in the Makaryevsky Monastery, as well as in Yaroslavl in the Spassky Monastery. The icons of Christopher have been preserved in Cherepovets (art museum), in Rostov the Great, and also in Perm. The icon of St. Christopher with a dog's head can be seen in the Moscow Old Believer Church of the Intercession, and in the Tretyakov Gallery, where she recently entered (Greek letter). Also preserved are sculptures, one of which is kept in Notre Dame Cathedral. Most of these icons were destroyed during the period of iconoclasm.

Ovetari Chapel, Padua. Late 15th century copy at the Musée Jacquemard-André, Paris - The original fresco was allegedly badly damaged during World War II.