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Hammerhead
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I remember a long time ago I read about this mythological creature that supposedly was 96 MILES tall and had a smaller creature that sat on its shoulder or somthing. Does anyone know what this creature is? I seem to remember its name started with an H

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Giselle
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I'd wait just a bit, Barns and No Bull is sure to know this one. [Smile]

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Richard W
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There was a Christian sect called the Mandaeans who apparently believes they were founded by a revelation given by a 96 mile tall angel:

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D Chwolson, who studied the Sabians, said the Mandaeans were Elchasaites who came from North Parthia at the end of the first century. The revelation by the angel to the holy man sounds much like the original revelation of Zoroaster, so perhaps the town of Serae is a memory of this, and the tale is a rehash of Zoroaster's revelation. So the background story is simply that an angel (96 miles tall!) gave a holy man the revelation just like Zoroaster, and he passed it to a baptist sect, thence it came to Rome. Al-Nadim says the Sabians of the marshes took Al-Hasih as their founder.
The Google search shows up another page referring to a hollow-earth sect that thought Jesus was 96 miles tall, but the server refuses permission to look at it.
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Danvers Carew
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Danvers Carew
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Never heard of this, but a quick google gets me this page, much the same as Richard's but a few more details along the way:

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In a fragment of the book of Elchasai preserved by Hippolytus, it was taught among Christians that the Holy Spirit had the form of a woman ninety-six miles tall. An equivalent Jewish teaching encountered in the Holy Zohar of Safed describes the Shekhinah as a giantess whose feet reach down into Sheol, whose head is crowned by the Moon; & from between her legs issues her son, Metatron, a warlike archangel himself a giant, even though he is dwarfed by the Shekhinah, Mother of Angels.
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...The contents of the book had been revealed by an angel ninety-six miles high, sixteen miles broad, and twenty-four across the shoulders, whose footprints were fourteen miles long and four miles wide by two miles deep. This was the Son of God, and He was accompanied by His Sister, the Holy Ghost, of the same dimensions.
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...the "primal man" of the Elcesaites, was also, according to the conception of these Jewish Gnostics, of huge dimensions; viz., ninety-six miles in height and ninety-four miles in breadth; being originally androgynous, and then cleft in two, the masculine part becoming the Messiah, and the feminine part the Holy Ghost.


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