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The Bible and Macrophilia: An Introduction to the Mungo World of Macrophilia

Giant Vore 2 - by Alterego

Giant Vore 2 – by Alterego

Gay porn site Nightcharm has an instructive guide to Macrophilia, “the intense sexual attraction to literal giants”:

Mammoths with unfettered desires and unyielding bodies! Behemoths breaking seams and busting asses! Grasping! Looming! Dwarfing! Crushing! Cyclopean troglodytes who crave the delicate pleasures that only man can provide! Your body — their plaything. Your world — their toy box!

Juggernauts conquering the globe! Inescapable! Insurmountable! Too big to handle! Too vast to deny!

You’ll satisfy their every whim … or die trying!

Every culture features a variation. The Norse had their factions of giants warring against the godly pantheon of Asgard. Greek mythology tells of the titan Atlas bearing the weight of the world upon his shoulders. In the Sumerian legend of Gilgamesh, the Cedar Forest — where dwell the gods — is guarded by the great ogre Humbaba.

One of the Bible’s central parables is the slaying of lumbering Goliath. American folklore has benevolent lumberjack Paul Bunyan civilizing the American frontier.

- Shawn Baker, “Land of The Giants!: The Mungo World of Macrophilia“, Nightcharm, 19 June 2011
[caution: the article is accompanied by a number of photographs of erect and ejaculating penises, macrophilia, and rimming]

Baker also discusses some of the sub-genres in macrophilia, including “muscle-morphing” (portrayals of superhuman muscles), “Macro-Furryism” (involving huge anthropomorphized cartoon animals ), and various types of giants: “Rampagers” (who level cities and villages), “Vores” (cannibalistic carnivores, that is), “Crushers” (who cater to the crossover foot fetish / macro- philia market), “Growers” (who either shrink to make the ordinary world appear gigantic, or grow to make themselves gigantic), “Masters” (who gather prisoners and make them submit to their filthy whims), and “Collectors” (who keep their little people as pets).

As Baker surmises:

What lurks at the heart of this rara avis is the Power Principle. Be it becoming so lofty in stature that you can have your way with anyone in the palm of your own hand or succumbing to the ardor of a brobdingnagian brute who has the power to kill you if he so chooses, it’s unchecked bombastic force that unites Macrophiles across distances.

The Macrophile’s fantasies about Giants may be compared with, for example, Isaiah’s fantasy about Yahweh, in Isa. 40.22-23 – where Isaiah imagines himself as a mere grasshopper (the smallest kosher animal) in comparison with Yahweh’s cosmic enormity, and imagines the kings and rulers who exercise real power over him as being reduced to nothing.

It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to live in; who brings princes to naught, and makes the rulers of the earth as nothing.

The self-humility of the religious writer has the shape of a double fantasy. All power and gigantic stature is ascribed to his god Yahweh, and Yahweh’s might dissolves all real earthly power that stands against his servant, Isaiah. Thus, in the guise of self-emptying humility, the religious writer makes a fantastic transfer of power to his imaginary god. But the net result of the fantasy is that, in siding with Yahweh, Isaiah will become more powerful than his oppressors: it is the fantasy of absolute power in the guise of complete humility.

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The Bible and Macrophilia: He Thong’s Goliath Art

Macrophilia artist He Thong has published a series portraying the biblical giant Goliath in various erotic poses. The series appears on He Thong’s blog, He Thong’s Giant Studies: Historically and Scientifically Sound Macrophilia. Remnant of Giants considers that this fascinating graphic artist deserves some larger exposure.

Remnant of Giants has previously compared the height of Goliath to that of an average Philistine. But He Thong makes the comparison from a different angle: “A well-built Goliath would have weighted [sic] the same as about five normal men.” While He Thong does not provide details of how he calculated this comparison, he does disclose that he bases Goliath’s size on the larger 6-and-a-half-cubit measure (given by the Masoretic Text, the Vulgate, and Symmachus).

The first of He Thong’s depictions of Goliath portrays the Philistine warrior among five average-sized Philistine soldiers, whose combined weight would have equalled Goliath’s own massive size. Goliath and the other five Philistines are depicted wearing thongs:

Goliath: weighs the same as five Philistine men

As demonstrated earlier by Remnant of Giants, Goliath’s fellow Philistines would have been little more than half the height of a 6-and-a-half-cubit Goliath. He Thong brings this size differential home by portraying the face of an average Philistine soldier in line with Goliath’s groin:

Goliath versus ordinary Philistine man (by He Thong)

Or from the reverse angle:
Goliath versus ordinary Philistine man: rear view (by He Thong)
The phenomenon of macrophilia certainly demonstrates how wrong Edmund Burke was, in Enquiry into the Sublime and Beautiful (pp. 157-58), when he opined, “It is impossible to suppose a giant the object of love. When we let our imaginations loose in romance, the ideas we naturally annex to that size are those of tyranny, cruelty, injustice, and every thing horrid and abominable.” Burke’s conception of love was just a little narrow-minded, and Annie Lennox was later to offer a more sober corrective (“Some of them want to use you; some of them want to get used by you”). He Thong’s macrophiliac art is combined with depictions of Goliath gathering slaves from his enemies, slave submission, and bondage – a common related paraphilia among a significant sector of macrophiles.

Jeffrey Cohen, in his helpful book On Giants, comments on the way giants are always too big for any frame of reference, so that giants are paradoxically both humanity-writ-large and inhuman – viewable only in pieces, especially by concentrating, fetish-like, on certain body parts. The giant also confuses the subjecthood of the human viewer: by contrast with the giant’s great size, the giant miniaturises the human viewer; by association with the giant as super-human, the giant empowers and giganticizes the human viewer. This is seen in the fact that the giants of legend can be depicted both as foundational heroes or city-founders and also as a threat of chaos from the outside of civilisation. While some macrophiles identify only with the giant (the ‘macro’) or the tiny (the ‘micro’), others are content to swing between the two. Yet even among those who identify solely with one or the other, by transference the dominated will usually identify with the power of the dominator.

Thus, macrophilia offers an interesting insight into the dynamics of the story of David and Goliath in 1 Samuel 17. There is an undeclared oscillating relationship between David and Goliath in the narrative: for in opposing the brazen, loud-mouthed, blasphemous Goliath, and posing as a humble servant of the Israelite god, David associates himself with an even bigger figure (Yahweh, the Israelite god) – and so with/as the greatest gibbor of all (cf. Deut. 9.1-3; 10.17).

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Remnant of Giants is currently The Most Popular Old Testament / Hebrew Bible Blog in the World

Gigantology has never been more popular.

According to The Biblioblog Reference Library, Remnant of Giants is the most popular “Hebrew Bible / Old Testament & Judaism” blog in the known world. When it comes to the Tanach, this, ladies and gentlemen, is as big as it gets.

Beats me what brings in the crowds. It’s probably the cutting edge gigantological topics such as why Jesus was a Giant in the Gospel of Peter’s interpretation of LXX Psalm 18(19), why the artistic portrayal of David with the head of Goliath you’re looking at probably depicts the artist with his boy lover, why Robert Gagnon writes such simplistic answers to emails on the Bible and homosexuality, why, in changing the plot of the biblical David and Goliath story for his forthcoming movie, Scott Derrickson may paradoxically be more faithful to the biblical tradition, why the story of David and Goliath could derive from a romance tale of two homosexual men disagreeing with each other, or our important discovery that the average Philistine woman and Goliath were about the same heights respectively as Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries.

… or the blog’s popularity might have something to do with all those people who, according to my site stats, are searching for giantess-domination foot-fetish body-crushing macrophile porn:

Giantess-domination foot-crushing macrophile porn

Giantess-domination foot-crushing macrophile porn

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New Blog: BW16 – Queer Bible Scholarship that’s also Objective

Just days ago, “BW16″ came to the attention of biblical studies bloggers (“bibliobloggers”), with a spirited queer interpretation of the relationship between David and Goliath.

If that was not enough to guarantee BW16’s place in the annals of biblioblogging, he solidified it by launching this original and daring interpretation on Ben Witherington the Third’s blog and – not only that – claiming that he was doing “objective” queer Bible scholarship.

That’s just queer.

To top it all off, he’s commenced his own blog: BW16: Objective Queer Bible Scholar. Check out his first two posts:

1. The Gospel of Mark: A Sexio-Rhetorical Commentary
2. Pounding Jesus

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Macrophilia: Obsession with or Sexual Fantasy about Giants

A macrophiliac fantasy

A macrophiliac fantasy

According to Wikipedia, this obsession I have with giants defines me as a macrophile.

“Macrophilia”:

a fascination with or a sexual fantasy involving giants

To be clear, I mean the fascination aspect, not the other. Although recently…

I really need to get another hobby. Maybe it’s time to pick up my latch hook and really make a difference as a rug hooker. Rug hooking, here I come!

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The Height of the Giants who survived the Flood

A comparison of the height of three heroes with a 6ft modern man, by He Thong

A comparison of the height of three heroes with a 6ft modern man, by He Thong (homoerotic macrophilia artist).

Readers often write in to ask: how tall were the Giants in the Bible? Remnant of Giants has already provided an answer to the question, ‘How tall was Goliath?‘. But what about the other biblical Giants? How tall were they?

    Q. How do we know the height of the Giants who survived the Flood?
    A. Giants who survived the Flood must be at least 15 cubits (23 feet) tall.

It is a matter of logic. The Bible tells us that the Great Flood covered the mountains by 15 cubits, killing all flesh. Yet, the antedeluvian Giants, the Nephilim of Genesis 6, appear alive and well after the flood (in Numbers 13). Ergo, the Giants who survived the flood must have been more than 15 cubits tall!

(There are also other ingenious explanations for how the Giants managed to survive the Flood. For example, one rabbinic explanation claims that King Og managed to escape the Flood by holding onto the outside of Noah’s Ark. But if this is true, it doesn’t help us determine the height of the Giants, because any fool can hold onto an Ark for a year. So, we’re just arbitrarily going with the other explanation.)

Walter Stephens, in his wonderful book, Giants in Those Days, claims that the idea of Giants being 15-cubits tall was “an erudite commonplace” in the Middle Ages. For this erudite insight into the height of giants, Stephens cites the twelfth-century theologian Honorius of Autun or Honorius Augustodunensis (PL 172.165) and sixteenth-century Italian man of letters, Francesco Sansovino (p. 65).

Sansovino reported that some Tuscan folk had this saying: “Ed hebbi voglia anco io d’esser gigante / Vedi che sette braccia sono a punto.” But according to Stephens, these lines didn’t really originate with Tuscan folk at all. Instead, they reproduce part of the self-description by the “half-giant” Margutte in a fifteenth-century work by Luigi Pulci, Morgante: “Ed ebbi voglia anco io d’esser gigante, / Poi mi penti’ quando al mezzo fu’ giunto, / Vedi che sette braccia sono a punto” (18.113.6-8). Stephens translates the lines: “And I also desired to be a Giant, but I thought better of it when I had arrived halfway – note that I’m exactly seven cubits tall.”

So why was Margutte a “half-giant”? Because he was only “sette braccia” (7 cubits), not 15 cubits, tall – which, allowing for some rounding, is half-way to a full giant. So that fairly much settles the question about the height of the Giants who survived the Flood.

See also:
“How tall were the biblical giants? Comparative height chart”
“The True Height of Goliath”
“How tall was your average Philistine woman compared with Goliath? As it turns out: about the same as Kim Kardashian compared with Kris Humphries!”

And here’s the best track from the era of the “Dunedin Sound”…

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