A Giant Axe to Grind with the Archeological Museum of Herakleionby S8intcom, copyright 2008
So, let me axe you something?
If you were a world famous and unique museum featuring ancient Minoan and Cretan artifacts, and in your collection had giant double headed axes of stupendous size—wouldn’t you include something in a photo of the artifacts for scale? Wouldn’t you provide the dimensions of the objects in the official descriptions of the artifact?
Is the fact that these ancient axes are much taller than a human being desciptions I’ve read about the artifacts, even the one from the museum housing them fails to provide that detail.
Now, the fact that these objects are very large, does not prove that they were wielded by giants; perhaps as the museum and other sources claim, they were just votive or worshipful objects. However, the fact that the size detail is often omitted and the objects shown without anything that could provide scale makes me slightly paranoid. We get a sense of their size primarily from tourist photographs.
In a ”prior article, Ted Twietmeyer wrote about giant sledgehammers that had been found in an ancient copper mine. Clearly those hammers were wielded by very large men for purposes that were anything but votive. The point is, the notion that giant implements were wielded by giants in the past has been demonstrated over over again--to the open minded.
Returning to the giant double headed axes from up to 1700 years before Christ; there are reasons to at least consider the idea that they could have been made to be used by men of large stature. That information follows.
“The Archeological Museum of Herakleion contains a unique collection of ancient objects from excavations carried out in all parts of Crete including the archeological sites of Knossos, Phaistos, Gortyn and many others. The exhibits come mainly from the prehistoric Minoan era which takes its name from the legendary Cretan king, Minos. The museum is divided into 20 galleries containing finds from palaces, houses, tombs, and caves, arranged in groups according to period and provenance.
The exhibits cover a period of 5,000 years, from the Neolithic era to the Greco-Roman period and include examples of pottery, stone carving, seal engraving (one of the miniature arts at which the Minoans excelled), gold work remarkable for the excellence of its technique and the variety of its subjects, metal work (household utensils, tools, weapons, and sacred axes, carefully and ingeniously made), and frescos.....
Photos:Museum versus tourist:Bronze double axes from the megaron at Nirou. The double axe in Crete, once the instrument of sacrifice of the sacred bull, became the main religious symbol of the Cretans (it is most often depicted together with the head of a bull). The Minoan name for the double axe is "labrys", thus the word labyrinth may originally have meant the "house of the double axe". They date to the Second Palace and Post-Palace periods (1700 - 1300 BC)". Archeological Museum of Herakleion
Iraq: “The Sumerian culture might be the oldest in the world - where civilization was born. You can still find Sumerian statues and carvings showing their gods/kings - with six fingers. Their gods taught them everything - even mathematics based on the six digits system.
No wonder - since they had six fingers! The sumerian believed that their gods came from stars - the Pleiads. Numerous Sumerian seals depict them as men of gigantic stature.
They are often taller than members of their courts, even when depicted seated on thrones. In the numerous seals that show them standing, they tower above those standing next to them.
Note, the reason that this author makes a big deal of the six fingers is that the Bible connects them;
2 Samuel 21:20
"In still another battle, which took place at Gath, there was a huge man with six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot—twenty-four in all. He also was descended from Rapha."
"At Agadir in Morocco, reports Peter Kolosimo, the French captain Lafanechere "discovered a complete arsenal of hunting weapons including five hundred double-edged axes weighing seventeen and a half pounds, i.e. twenty times as heavy as would be convenient for modern man.
Apart from the question of weight, to handle the axe at all one would require on to have hands of a size appropriate to a giant with a stature of at least 13 feet."...original source; Peter Kolosimo, Timeless Earth (New Hyde Park, NY: University Books, 1968), p. 32.
Now, according to Ragnar's Thrown Weapons Catalog, the ideal weight for a throwing axe today would be around 16 ounces or 1 pound. I found replicas of double headed axes similar to those at Crete, in the five pound range. This would seem to indicate that axes of the size and weight described would indeed be dificult to deploy in battle--for me of ordinary stature.
Image:Ancient tablet showing seated Sumerian King and court.
The official story re the giant axes (labrys)of Crete: "The term, and the symbol, is most closely associated in historical records with the Minoan civilization, which reached its peak in the 2nd millennium BC.
Some Minoan labrys have been found which are taller than a human and which might have been used during sacrifices. The sacrifices would likely have been of bulls.
The labrys symbol has been found widely in the Bronze Age archaeological recovery at the Palace of Knossos on Crete.
According to archaeological finds on Crete this double-axe was used specifically by Minoan priestesses for ceremonial uses. Of all the Minoan religious symbols, the axe was the holiest. To find such an axe in the hands of a Minoan woman would suggest strongly that she held a powerful position within the Minoan culture."..Wikipedia
Were these giant labrys made to be used either in battle or perhaps ceremoniously by men of giant stature? We can only speculate and we have. But we have shown that axes and other "tools" have been found that indicate that such items were built for use by men who could utilize them. There were giants in the earth in those days!