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They're one example. One of the present day African tribes has a religion that includes a similar idea, but they didn't develop writing, so their records are in spoken/dance form only - which cannot be dated. It's hard to say whether they have incorporated part of the same idea that later appeared in the Christian and Hebrew bibles or whether their version (after many re-tellings) was repeated by people using the Saharan trade routes towards the Middle East, by which time it might have become the Nephilim story. Interesting!
List I found on wiki of the offspring, I think most predate christianity Achilles Aeacus Aeneas Amphion Arcas Clymene Cycnus Dardanus The Dioscuri, Castor and Polydeuces Epaphus Elijah Heal Gilgamesh Helen Heracles (also known by the Roman spelling, Hercules) Iasion Lacedaemon Māui (Hawaiian) Minos Memnon Orion Orpheus Perseus Rhadamanthus Sarpedon Sheencus Theseus Tityas Zetes Zethus
thx ty - some good ones here. The Sumerians are an interesting one, and the Greek gods certainly got around! I think there are some African and Eastern ones as well, but Cuchulain has just made me think of another question...
Ancient greek and roman religions: Heracles/Hercules Celtic paganism: Cuchulain The sumerian religion (whatever it was called): Gilgamesh Hinduism: five Pandava brothers Norse religion: Ansel Christianity: Jesus
Ah ha! That's one; but I can think of a few pre-Christian examples and I know there are many older ones, but wondered if there might be some newer ones in the last 2000y as well.
According to this, Christianity is one: Genesis 6:2 - Sons of the God came down and mated with earth women.
hmmm...lol im probably going to be obssessing over this for awhile now...
no prob! A deity is any being declared divine by its followers.
sorry, thought a diety was something else! my bad/:
are you talking about the Nephilim?
some religon involving satan?