A rainy Saturday in November, we went to the city square to check out a national gathering of so-called City Giants (stadsreuzen). Giants carried by people, that basically represent a part of a certain city’s history or culture. They’re an icon of their city, and the citizens our usually quite proud of them. That’s how I’d explain what City Giants are.
Dendermonde (my city), for example, has three (or four, if the Bayard is counted as well): Mars, Indiaan (Indian) and Goliath. In the following pictures, you’ll see Mars and Goliath. Indiaan will appear in my next post with a few short videos of that day. The three of them each represent one of the cities guilds.
Indiaan represents the god of hunting and is the Giant for a hand-bow shooting guild. The giant was built in 1714 (though the same giant, with a different appearance, already existed since 1648), is 4,45 meters (175 inches) tall and weighs 71 kg (156,5 lbs).
Mars (the one in blue) represents the Roman war god and is the Giant for a gunpowder shooting guild. The giant was built in 1648, is 3,70 meters (146 inches) tall and weighs 79 kg (174 lbs).
Goliath represents the giant that was defeated by David in the Bible and is the Giant for a crossbow shooting guild. The giant was built in 1626 (making it the oldest among the three City Giants), is 4 meters (157,5 inches) tall and weighs 76 kg (167,5 lbs).
The other City Giants in the following pictures are those of other cities around Belgium.