THE NATURAL SUN

Announcements about our sun and its natural conditions

- Chapter 66 -
The seventh equatorial belt and its gigantic inhabitants


 
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he seventh and last equatorial belt, although not separated by a very high mountain chain, is instead separated from the sixth belt by a broad belt of water.
 
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The mountains are mostly of a volcanic nature and the size of occasional craters has already been mentioned.
 
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Following the water belt is a not too mountainous, inhabitable mainland, which is also the most solid, south as well as north, upon the entire sun, and omitting the width of the sea, has an average width of six thousand miles (GM) up to the polar mountains.
 
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The polar regions of the sun or rather poles are, like the planetary poles permanently uninhabitable; therefore they are cut off from this last inhabitable belt by a circle of extremely steep, high mountains of sheer, bare rock. These mountains are so lofty that their summits sometimes reach above the brilliant solar air, which on average is found to be six hundred GM above solar land. This figure should not however be regarded as the standard, because just as there are variations in the atmospheric altitude upon Earth, these are more so upon the sun, which in its interior is much more lively than any planet.
 
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With this belt before us, we shall not dwell upon the dead land overmuch, but tum to its inhabitants.
 
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With regard to the humans, they differ very little from their corresponding brethren upon the planet Miron, except that their size transcends into the fantastic; for these people are of a size that would make the Himalayan or Chimborasso heights fit for little walking sticks. This does not mean that all these people are of equal size, for in hardly any belt or planet are there greater size variations amongst humans. Notwithstanding this, people four to six hundred metres in height, are regarded as tiny dwarves, by the actual inhabitants. Because the actual size of true inhabitants on this belt, from the sole of the foot to the top of the head, is not less than eight, ten and twelve thousand metres tall. Yet such giants are not the norm upon this belt, the average human height fluctuating between sixteen and twenty-four hundred metres.
 
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These giants mostly live near the polar mountain circle, where they find sufficient food. Humans on this belt diminish gradually towards the seas, whilst the so-called dwarves live upon the numerous islands, which nonetheless are bigger than all other equatorial inhabitants of this belt upon the sun. Wherefore you must not imagine these islands as small either.
 
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If you think of the smallest in area as similar to your Asia and Europe combined, your estimate will be about right. These islands are indeed connected to the land by many inlets, but negotiable only by our dwarves; it is not so easy to get over this land promontory or narrow land pass for bigger people, because it would firstly be too narrow for their feet and if occasionally passable, the ground would not be sufficiently solid to carry the weight of sometimes many thousands of hundredweights, without sinking. The dwarves on the other hand can quite easily set foot upon the solid land, and undertake journeys right up to the giant's country, where the inhabitants always receive them most gently and hospitably. Here one can with good reason say: they are carried upon the giant's hands.
 
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But just as sizes vary greatly upon this belt, so upon the sun human skin colours vary like hardly anywhere else. Except for the sheerest black colour, you shall most likely find every other colour. Thus the very great giants range from a dark fiery red right into a very light rose colour. Likewise there are green and blue-coloured giants, whose colour sometimes tapers off to pale yellow. And there are besides, colour-tints that would take an entire book to detail. There are indeed colour deviations also upon the other solar equators, but the same fundamental colour base is detectable, whereas here you have not only chromatic tints, but also truly enharmonic tones of colour.
 
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What kind of language do these people speak? This is of a twofold nature: through gestures and by tongue. It is amazing when a giant speaks to a dwarf; when noting that the dwarf desires to speak to him, the giant lifts him up to his ear. If the giant speaks however, he holds him as far as possible from his mouth, then speaking as high-pitched and quietly as possible, so as not to hurt the dwarf with his tone; for were the giant to speak in his usual deep pitch and volume, the dwarf would firstly not hear the word on account of its low pitch, whilst the individual vocal cord vibrations would shake him up too much. Thus the giants take the greatest care in their traffic with the little ones. If this giant were to speak a rather loud word on your Earth, it would cause such a powerful earthquake that several countries would lose all their cities, and even the mountaintops would suffer severe damage.
 
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It could be asked: in that case, what about their dwellings? Here I say, firstly, these immensely large giants have no dwellings other than the solar ground, and hence live out in the open; and since the ground is very solid, it can easily carry them.
 
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Besides that, these huge people are extremely sensitive, notwithstanding their massiveness, and thus their gain and all their doing and refraining is of a supremely gentle nature. They live together very peaceably, and if going anywhere they take relatively short and slow steps, putting their feet down softly as if in fear of destroying something. Therefore they also watch the ground carefully for anything moving. If they notice anything, they bend down to check it out; and if anything live is found, they very carefully set it aside, only then taking another careful step.
 
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For this reason, these giants rarely come to the inhabited sea regions, in order not to destroy something with their steps. If undertaking such a journey, they usually walk in the fairly broad rivers and streams, where they have much less to clear out of their way. But they are hardly ever seen in the country and especially the solid coastal sea regions.
 
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Are you curious to know what these people live on and their food? These people live on fruit, which occurs in great abundance upon permanent gigantic trees, but also on products they call forth from the solar soil through their willpower (the same as other sun-dwellers already mentioned). For the willed vegetation is widespread upon this last belt. A third source of food upon this belt is the meteorite-rich solar air. For here, the air is the same as on the corresponding planet Miron, except of course, for being on an immensely bigger scale. Thus "Flying Bread" is also found here. These flying portion however, might not inconceivably amount to sufficient bulk for a planetary satellite.
 
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When you ponder this it shall be clear that the great Host Who has to feed so many myriads upon myriads on the central sun, so that they are constantly satiated, should also easily find the means to satiate its people. For the natural maintenance of a central sun, compared to which your Earth does not even feature as a dust particle, surely shall demand more than the upkeep of a human, were he even big enough to reach from Earth to moon. Whether a body is large or small, it shall not perish in My unlimited larder.
 
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And so you need not trouble yourselves about the maintenance of such large beings, because before Me there is nowhere, anything big. That which you call big and indeed unmentionably big, hardly merits to be called an atom in My eyes. The great cosmic man who consists of countless hosts of shell globes is before Me no larger than the smallest point within the depths of infinity!
 
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In view of these few comments, the thousand-metre high humans upon the seventh equatorial belt shall seem quite modest to you. Therefore, we shall not concern ourselves any longer with their physical size and maintenance, but move to their national constitutions, and finally their religion. And so we will leave it for today!