Island Of Giants

If Odysseus was indeed imprisoned here, the view from his prison window was excellent. 

The temple of Ggantija contains – according to sources and researchers “the largest free standing stone in the world.”

But there are larger stones elsewhere – they are just not free standing. Ggantija is another impressive temple. What interest the researchers and explorers is that north of the temple itself, there is a stone circle to be found – showing that “classic megalithic monuments” were also constructed.

In the year 1987, archaeologist, uncovered human skeletons. The Xaghra stone circle, which seem to have been used as a cemetery – and apparently this location as a Gozo counterpart of the Hypogeum on Malta’s mainland

The megalithic monuments have no roof, but drawings that show previous centuries and small models that were left by the builders themselves to show and reveal that the temples once were roofed. If the roof was made from stone, then it is a major enigma where they disappeared to?!!….

Still, archaeologists concluded that stone would have been the preferred material for the roof – as such a roof virtually impossible to build, they have concluded the temples never had a roof. 

if we assume that the temples did have a roof – made of stone – than these structures would have closely resembled caves: artificial caves, made to resemble the natural caves? 

Many temples are decorated with spirals, and the temples have oval shaped chapels. Most temples also contained statues, though most have been partially destroyed –by the passing of time, or by a deliberate act of destruction. Some of the statues seem to be of [a giant woman, with giant breasts, thighs and arms].

Were they statues of the Mother Goddess?

Many archaeologists believe this is the case

Malta is an island; the closest land – Sicily – is invisible from its shores. Was Malta on par with Crete, as a site of a very ancient culture? First of all, though both islands have their unique style, the general layout is largely identical.

But as on Crete, it is clear that there is an interrelationship with caves and temple complexes – though the caves of Malta could never be found at the altitudes that some of the Cretan mountains rise to. Finally, some of the artifacts recovered from the sites are identical to artifacts recovered at e.g. Knossos, specifically the vessel.

Though such comparisons can be made, it does not explain why Malta was chosen, and not Sicily. Certain demographic conditions might have already existed so many millennia ago that did not allow these people to build there – but perhaps there is a reason why Malta was specifically chosen.

The Maltese builders did not leave us any written documents. The quest for the final answer continues. But it is clear that Malta is no longer the enigma that it once was. It has certain unique characteristics, but also some features that can be found elsewhere.

If the voices of the old giants could speak…

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Ragnar Larsen