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Mythological Creature; The Anakim, giants from the land of Canaan with writing prompt

According to The Anakim lived before the great flood and Noah’s ark. The flood was apparently deliberate to clean the earth of these unholy creatures. Many say these beings were well documented and really lived. I’m here to talk about these creatures from a folkloric standpoint. If you believe they were real or if you believe this is heresy- in either case, this may not be the post for you. We are working up to a writing prompt here and this creature could be a great source of inspiration for your writing.

Before the Anakim, came the Nephilim. Before the Nephilim came the fallen angels. Before the fallen angles, came the Angels and Arch Angels. Some call them demons, fallen angels, or aliens. They use these words to describe what the Anakim were. Either way, they were gigantic folkloric creatures. Humanoid, but I’ve seen them with horns, looking more like demons. Once you know about them you can let your imagination go wild with what they looked like. describes these giants this way; After their descent to Earth, the Watchers (Fallen Angles from the book of Enoch. ((Fun fact: Enoch was the Great Grandfather of Noah)) the Watchers indulged in earthly delights with their chosen human ‘wives.’ Through these unions were born giant offspring named Nephilim, a Hebrew word meaning those who have fallen, which rendered in Greek translations as Gigantes, or ‘Giants’. The Anakim then, are the children of the Nephilim.

Gary Lite explains how pervasive and widely accepted this concept was and is.

That from the stories of the Nephilim in the bible, to the Greek Olympian Gods and Titans of Greek mythology, to the fallen Angels, known as the Watchers in the Book of Enoch, to the Annunaki from the ancient Sumerians, to the Hindu Vedas, Norse mythology, and Roman mythology…” – these creatures are reinforced and referenced over and over.

The legends of the gods, angels, demons, giants, hero’s, and flood deluges are very common from this time period across the globe.

According to Gary Lite, Many scholars make the parallel connection between the Greek Gods or Olympians, being Nephilim and the fallen angels, being their parents, or the Titans, of the Genesis story.

The flood of the Bible and the Greek flood myths are remarkably similar.

Gary Lite asks the question; Is it possible that the Greek myths are not myths? Was Zeus a Nephilim? Was his father (Cronus) a fallen angel referred to within a group of fallen angles called the “sons of God” in Genesis 6?

According to Wikipedia, Anakim, not to beat a dead horse, but they were described as a race of giants, descended from Anak, according to the Hebrew Tanakh. They were said to have lived in the southern part of the land of Canaan, near Hebron (Gen. 23:2; Josh. 15:13). According to Genesis 14:5-6 they inhabited the region later known as Edom and Moab in the days of Abraham.

Photo Credit: David and Goliath

Their formidable appearance, as described by the Twelve Spies sent to search the land, filled the Israelites with terror. The Israelites seem to have identified them with the Nephilim, the giants (Genesis 6:4, Numbers 13:33) of the antediluvian age. Joshua finally expelled them from the land, except for some who found a refuge in the Philistine cities of Gaza, Gath, and Ashdod (Joshua 11:22), thus the Philistine giant (Goliath) whom David encountered (2 Samuel 21:15-22 ) was a descendant of the Anakim.

Writing Prompt

Anakim are the kids of the Nephilim. Ok, so let’s put these creatures in a modern context. Everyone wants to be noticed and to have a platform today. What if your were 36 ft tall? I don’t mean to say that there is something wrong in this scenario with being that tall. I mean it is ‘accepted.’ However, there would likely be segregation. There would likely be separate, bigger, shopping places and then that separateness would slowly breed contempt. There would be Anakim leaders and homo sapien leaders around the world. There would be mixed race couples. This writing prompt is…that you are an Anakim leader in Europe or the United States. You sense the current political, racial, social and financial climate. Do you have super powers like the Greek Olympians? Do you use your powers for good or for nefarious purposes. Let’s face it. We all have power within us…how do you choose to use it?

If you find this article fun and interesting and you decide to expand on this story-let me know how this story continues in the comment section below, and as usual…happy writing!

15 thoughts on “Mythological Creature; The Anakim, giants from the land of Canaan with writing prompt”

  1. Excellent, informative post, AR. I have long been fascinated by the Enoch literature and the parts of the bible that correspond to it. I don’t know when inspiration will strike again, but when it does, I’ll try to keep this prompt in mind!

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    1. Good! Please write something about this…it’s begging to be part of a main story line. In sure there are tons of Nephilim stories, but I mean related to the Book of Enoch. I wrote something long ago but it’s not good. I buried it many moons ago. RIP first novel. You were a good friend for a long time ❤️. PS- I’m glad you like this one.

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  2. Oooo! This post has my mind and imagination pinging. (Thank you!) Right now I am just trying to wrap my mind around the possibility of an unholy species having populated the earth pre-“Noah’s Ark!” I am also reminded of a television program that was on when I was a child: “Land of the Giants” which was cheesy by today’s standards, yet, I remember that visually, the human beings were about as big as a giant’s toe….

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    1. It’s fantastic fantasy and sci-fi writing stuff Leslie, right??? There’s lots of stuff buried in the links throughout the post. Thank you for commenting! ❤️ Happy writing or imagining!


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