Julius Thompson’s Grigori Anime

Julius Thompson is developing an anime film on the Grigori. The name “Grigori” is the Slavic for the Watcher angels who first appear in the book of 1 Enoch (ca. 300 BCE) and later in the biblical book of Daniel (ca. 163 BCE).

Thompson has an expanded definition of the grigori, however, including various gods, angels, monsters, giants and heroes mentioned in ancient literature from the ancient Near East and Greece. The Watcher angels Semjaza and Azazek are joined by the antediluvian patriarchs Enoch and Methusaleh, the Mesopotamian Gilgamesh (described as a giant in Enuma Elish) and the Annunaki, and the Greek Medusa and the Minotaur – among others. In recent decades, a number of writers influenced by ancient alien theories or speculation on the biblical end times have made connections between such diverse figures, and attributed supernatural powers to them. It will be interesting to see what Thompson does with these kind of traditions in his anime fiction.

As the first teaser trailer shows, Thompson’s Grigori will draw on the (spurious) accounts of the discovery of giant bones – stories told in ancient Greece 2600 years ago, as well as on the internet today:

Here’s Thompson’s illustration of Genesis 6:4,the highly allusive verse which – in the following two thousand years – has generated a mass of legends about Watchers, giants, and demons:

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It will be interesting to see how this project comes together. Looks like there will be lots of fighting, anyway:

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Fossilized Footprint of God Found! Evidence of Biblical Giants Discovered in South Africa!! Those Who Deny it have Western Enlightenment Presuppositions!!!

The Weekly World News, which in 1993 reported the discovery of the skull of Goliath complete with a stone embedded in its forehead, again has the scoop:

The giant foot print, discovered in rough granite,  is considered by many religious leaders to be The Footprint of God.   It is 4 feet long.  The location of this footprint has  been a deeply sacred, mystical and spiritual place among African knowledge keepers – and a well-guarded secrete.  A footprint that is 4 feet in length means that who or what left it behind must have been approximately 24 feet tall.

… Also discovered near the footprint are giant bones, crystal skulls, strange carvings and sculptures in forms that do not fit into the contemporary view of history and possibly offer evidence of other 15 foot tall giants in the prehistory on our planet.

– Tap Vann, “The Footprint of God”, Weekly World News, 10 February 2012

While the Weekly World News identifies the owner of the footprint as God, pioneer South African rapper Michael Tellinger has a different theory. Tellinger believes that the footprint was made 200,000,000 years ago by an ancient giant alien. In his book Slave Species of God (2005), Tellinger explains that the extraterrestrial giants were called Anunnaki – adapting Zecharia Sitchin’s adventurous theory of the origins of humankind.

To take up Craig Keener’s line of argument, those who deny the veracity of this traditional African knowledge about Giants are obviously blinded by their Western Enlightenment presuppositions … and they’re clearly racist too.