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ETNOGRAFICHESKOE OBOZRENIE • 4-2017


Belova, O.V., and V.Ya. Petrukhin
The Giants of Eurasia: From Myth to History
[Velikany Evrazii: ot mifa k istorii]

Olga Belova | http://orcid.org/0000-0001-5221-9424 | olgabelova.inslav@gmail.com | Institute of Slavic Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences (32a Leninsky prospekt, Moscow, 119991, Russia)

Vladimir Petrukhin | http://orcid.org/0000-0002-6151-4262 | vladimir.petrukhin@gmail.com | Institute of Slavic Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences (32a Leninsky prospekt, Moscow, 119991, Russia)

Type of publication: Research Article

Keywords
giants, myth, folklore, ethnic history

Abstract
The article examines the epic plot about the mythological generation of giants that perished with the appearance of real people, which is widespread in Eurasia. In folk memory this generation is associated with the ancient peoples-conquerors (obry - the Avars, alangasary - Alans/Khazars, etc.); according to the legend, giants lived in the era of transition from the time of creation to the historical time. They participated in the creation of landscapes; ancient settlements are considered to be their dwellings, and giant bones are the evidence of their sojourn on earth. The folklore mythological story about a giant's meeting a ploughman marks the end of an era of the giants, and the giants turn into the rocks. The article discusses the problem of historicity of these concepts and the origin of the names of the giants.

Funding Information
This research was supported by the following institutions and grants:
Russian Science Foundation, https://doi.org/10.13039/501100006769 [grant no. 15-18-00143]

Citation (Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed., Author-Date, article titles not enclosed in quotation marks)

Belova, O.V., and V.Ya. Petrukhin. 2017. Velikany Evrazii: ot mifa k istorii [The Giants of Eurasia: From Myth to History]. Etnograficheskoe obozrenie 4: 56-64

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Submitted 25.10.2016 | Accepted 14.04.2017

 


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