We all have our ancient myths. The only difference is that some countries know how to sell their myths to the rest of the world and make money out of it while the others demonize their own heritage and serve as mugus for the heritage of their fellow countries.
The idea that Adam, the first man that was created in the garden of Eden, was a giant is something that is common to the three Abrahamic religions — Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. In Islam, it’s believed that Adam was 60 cubits (27 metres) tall and that human height has been decreasing ever since. This was reported in Sahih Bukhari one of the Hadiths of the Prophet. In fact, I have a friend, a devout Muslim, who strongly believes this and thinks that the Homo nalendi fossil that was discovered in South Africa is a fossil of one of the direct descendants of Adam, the Giant.
Please, don’t laugh. People actually believe lots of funny things and some of us actually don’t find these things very funny. They’re a slap on human intelligence and a failure of our intellectual evolution as a race. There was a time they could’ve imagined that. Knowledge was little as to how the human race came about. So they thought that if the same God that created the whole gigantic universe were to create a Man, the Man must have had to be a giant. Or how would God’s gigantic hands create a small Man? OK. Humans are small today. How come? The answer is simple: evolution made us become smaller and smaller. Hilarious, isn’t it?
But why don’t I find this funny? Because it’s a lie and everybody knows it but pretends that they don’t. And this lie has propagated itself in our heads so much that we kill one another and sacrifice lots of resources in maintaining it. As Ken Ham was busy building his Noah’s Ark in the US, the Saudis were tailoring a first-century garment for Adam, the Giant in their country. Now they’re done. It took four tailors who worked for eighteen days using 40 rolls of cloth to make it. According to a Facebook account, the length of the garment is 29 meters. The distance between the shoulders is 9 meters. The garment’s bottom is 12 metres wide. The sleeves are 10 metres long and the collar is 2 metres wide. And the pictures have gone viral on the Internet. And who knows if this garment will have some healing powers or praying in front of it will attract a reward from Allah? You know you never know what people will say next! We’re that dumb!
When will Nigeria, my country, start doing things like this? Now they’ve created another tourist attraction for themselves and folks from all over the world will start trooping there for
sightseeingpilgrimage. In another article, I spoke about how Nigeria houses one of the biggest Jesus statues in the world. Why will we be going to Saudi Arabia every year without us having to attract large crowds too? There’s the Osun Osogbo festival for instance but most of us see it as idolatry that should be demonized. They’ve made a giant garment for a mythical character and no Saudi has condemned it and called it idolatry. And we’re complaining that we’re not making money from the tourism sector? According to the World Bank, 14.3 million visitors entered Saudi Arabia mostly in the name of pilgrimage in 2012 alone. Convert that to dollars and you know what I’m talking about.
We all have our ancient myths (more on that in a subsequent article). The only difference is that some countries know how to sell their myths to the rest of the world and make money out of it while the others demonize their own heritage and serve as mugus for the heritage of their fellow countries.
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