Giant: Gr. Myth. The offspring of Uranus and Gaea (Heaven and Earth), who rebelled
against the gods.
A mythical manlike or monstrous being of a huge stature and of more than mortal but
less than godlike power and strength. They appear very frequently in mediaeval
romances and nursery tales, as also in traditions and romantic fiction.
Giantess: The female counterpart of a giant.
Giavanel: Another name for the Dusou (q.v.)
Gift: Sharp instruments should not be given as gifts, they cut friendship; neither pointed
instruments. Vide Scissors, Shoes.
Gigantomachy: The war of the giants.
Gigelorum: In Celtic superstition this is the smallest animal in the world. All that is
known about it is, that it makes its nest in the mite s ear. (CAMPBELL, Sup. Scot.
Highl., P. 220.)
Gidas, St.: Guardian saint of idiots.
Gilgamesh: Babyl. Myth. A legendary king, hero of an epic bearing his name. With
Eabani, his comrade, who dies, he is afflicted with foul diseases. Ut-napishtim (q.v.)
cures him and directs him to the plant of immortality. Nergal grants him an interview
with the ghost of Eabani who describes the sad lot of the dead in the underworld.
Gin-sai: A fabulous bird capable of diffusing so venomous an influence that even its
shadow poisons food. (GRIFFIS, Corea, P. 306.) cf. Basilisk, Dragon, Bazalicek.
Gipsy: Gipsies can cure various diseases and tell fortunes. (Great Britain.)
Gipsies can protect houses from burning. (WOLF, Beitrage, Vol. II, P. 376; SCHONEWERTH,
Vol. II, P. 83; WUTTKE, P. 140.)
Girdle: If a girdle be accidentally loosed on a woman, it is construed into an omen of an
easy delivery. (Macedonia.–ABBOTT, p. 99.) Vide Stocking.
Girru: Babyl. Myth. A deity symbolizing the element of fire.
Gjallhorn: Norse Myth. The horn belonging to Heimdall, of Asgard.
Gladsheim: Norse Myth. The abode of Odin in Asgard.
Glaisein: The Glaisein of the Isle of Man was a kind of brownie and was very strong,
he frequented farms, threshed corn and went to the sheep-folds. (CAMPBELL, West
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