The Solomon Islands have become an interesting place of myth and folklore in recent years, surrounded by stories of war, Biblical gold, giants that roam the wild jungles and frequent UFO activity.
Researchers claim the islands are home to an abundance of traditions – passed down through the generations of a remote, yet alluring indigenous people.
The Solomon Islands is a sovereign state located in Oceania, to the east of Papua New Guinea. The state includes six major islands and over 900 smaller islands.
The capital, Honiara, is located on the island of Guadalcanal, which became a famous battleground between U.S and Japanese soldiers, in what is now known as the Solomon Islands campaign of 1942–45.
The remote islands were left undiscovered to the rest of the world, inhabited only by an indigenous people who had lived on the islands for thousands of years. As more people explore these islands, captivating stories of their past are becoming increasingly popular.
The Peoples and Culture of The Solomon Islands
The Solomon Islands were thought to have been inhabited by at least 2000bc – before any archeological records begin.
These first settlers were thought to have been of the Austronesian language group, before being succeeded by the Lapita people between 1,200 and 800bc, who had arrived from the Bismarck Archipelago.
The inhabitants of the islands led tribal lives, and gained a famous reputation as headhunters and cannibals, prior to the arrival of Europeans.
One hundred and twenty indigenous languages are spoken in the Solomon Islands.
A Spanish Navigator and The Gold of King Solomon
In 1568, a Spanish explorer by the name of Alvaro de Mendaña became the first European to discover the islands, navigating the oceans from Peru.
After discovering the Islands, Alvaro de Mendaña named them “The Islands of Solomon”, with the belief that he had found gold – and not just any gold – but the place where the biblical King Solomon obtained the gold for his temple in Jerusalem.
Rumors of such an important find reached explorers in other lands, and in 1595 and 1606, more Spanish expeditions set out to uncover the truth.
The discoveries of gold reported by Mendaña were never verified back then, but in more recent times, companies have managed to mine a large amount of gold from the islands.
There is thought to be a substantial amount of gold still buried throughout the land.
The Solomon Island Giants
Marius Boirayon lived and worked in the Solomon Islands as a helicopter pilot and engineer, before marrying a native.
He learned more about the islands and the indigenous people, as well as the folklore surrounding them.
He learned of the Solomon Island Giants, which supposedly inhabit caves throughout the islands.
The Solomon Island Giants were said to be over 10 feet tall, with evidence that suggests the giants can grow much taller.
The surprising features of the Solomon Island Giants are similar to other creatures around the world, like Bigfoot and the Mongolian Almas. They have very long black, brown or reddish hair, bulging double eyebrows, red eyes, flat noses, and large mouths.
There are thought to be 3 different species of giant, the largest over 10 feet tall, with another being smaller, and the third smaller still – but still bigger than a human.
“It is linguistically ironic that the Solomon Islands’ people name their “undiscovered to the modern world” race of hominoids “the giants”, as throughout history, including in the Bible and other prominent books, the same name has been used in other parts of the world to describe these huge, elusive subterranean hominoids.” – Marius Boirayon in his book Solomon Islands Mysteries.
The Solomon Island Giants have become a topic for further research, often led by Marius himself.
Marius writes that some of the giants were killing and stealing humans from their villages. He speaks of a huge rogue “killer giant” attacking the indigenous people.
“This monstrous giant was an elusive and cunning creature that stalked its victims and often crept around the villages at night to seek its meals” Marius writes.
He goes on to explain that many warriors had died trying to slay the giant, before villages had to be moved to other parts of the islands in order to protect their people.
The Solomon Island Giants are said to have social structures, and there are possibly thousands of them which inhabit Guadalcanal to this day. They use complex cave systems to pass from one side of the island to the other, without ever having to see daylight.
A Japanese Encounter
Between 1942-45, Japanese and U.S forces engaged in heavy fighting on the islands, which became known as the Solomon Islands campaign.
During this conflict, Japanese forces would experience first hand encounters with the Solomon Island Giants.
They reported seeing creatures around 10 to 15 feet tall, which would sometimes come charging at units of soldiers. Their bullets had little effect on them.
While suffering from attacks in daylight, soldiers also had hard time sleeping, as they could hear their fellow comrades wailing through the night as the giants launched more attacks. The cannibalistic nature of the giants struck fear in the hearts of the Japanese infantry.
The giants of the Solomon Islands are common knowledge to locals, but along with stories of foreign encounters and sightings of footprints, there could be more truth to the stories than we realize.
You can buy a copy of Marius Boirayons’ book on Amazon: Solomon Islands Mysteries: Accounts of Giants & UFOs in the Solomon Islands