Yu.E. Berezkin, E.N. Duvakin

Thematic classification and distribution of folklore and mythological motifs by area

Analytical catalogue

Ethnicities and habitats

I20A. Heavenly giants .26.31.-.


anthropomorphic inhabitants of the upper world are giants.

China - Korea. Miao [the sky was low, covered with a burden of brushwood, a pestle of rice; his great-grandfather picked it up, placing fragrant wood supports in the four corners; stretched out colored canvases to make them colorful clouds and colorful stones; made the sun out of gold, the moon out of silver, stars from colored stones; dwarfs live underground, whose eggshells serve as vessels; giants live in the sky]: Schotter 1911:326.

Baltoscandia. Estonians: ERA H I7, 497 (73),

Volga - Perm. The Udmurts [there are people like us in the center of the earth, but as tall as children; there are also roosters - kilchin atas; when kilchin atas sings, then our roosters; giants live in the sky]: Vladykin 1994: 75.

Turkestan. Kazakhs: Valikhanov 1985 [people in the sky are girded under their throats; we live in the middle of the earth and wear a belt in the middle of our bodies, while underground people, who also have their own sun, moon and stars, wear leg girdle]: 57; Ibraev 1980 [western 1976 from Berkimdai-Ata bucks; seven celestial spheres are inhabited by people girding under their arms...; people on seven underground tiers are belted below the waist]: 44; Chuloshnikov 1924 [the earth rests on a huge fish that swims on water supported by steam and wind; the ground is girded by a dragon (aydagar); on its edge stands a blue bull holding everything on one horn sky; people in the sky wear a belt under their throats, like the people of the earth wear it on their lower back, and underground people on their feet; among the people of the sky there is an old woman of great stature; eats 40 rams, 40 cakes at once, drinks 40 months (leather vessels) of koumiss; she milks her colorful sheep after the rain; then the sheep are seen in the form of a rainbow, a kempir kosak; a killer cak is two rows of sheep tied together to milk, closely with their heads along a rope stretched across the ground]: 242.

Western Siberia. The Northern Selkups [Tunols are the first people created by God, giants are taller than trees, their bodies were covered with a horn shell, modern people have preserved their remains in the form of nails; they are not wore clothes; Noom took them across the sky, now they walk in the form of clouds]: Pelikh 1998:36.

Amur - Sakhalin. Nivhi [the stars are inhabited by people of Gagant height, with thick eyebrows and a long, strong nose; the inhabitants of the earth sometimes meet star people and shamans know what to do in such cases]: Schrenk 1903:47

Ecuador. Colorado [in the lower world, where the Sun is at night, dwarfs live, everything is small there; giants live in the sky, everything is huge]: Wavrin 1937:515-516.