Earlier in the world were people giants, as often evidenced by archaeological finds. Thus begins the headlines of many sites, but does not provide the actual facts.
Most of the artifacts and the alleged footprints of the foot on the rocks is a modern work of art. Made by people or religiously motivated or inspired myths. Many only visually similar, and it is the nature a sculptor.
In the minds of people the greater the size of the object, the closer it is to the deity.
But people do reject the physics and chemistry, how people rising to 10 meters can live in the Earth’s gravity, will encounter difficulty with health and food.
contemporary works of art
The footprint of the Buddha (Buddhapada in Sanskrit, bussokuseki in Japanese) is an imprint of Gautama Buddha’s one or both feet. There are two forms: natural, as found in stone or rock, and those made artificially.
Many of the “natural” ones, of course, are acknowledged not to be actual footprints of the Buddha, but replicas or representations of them, which can be considered cetiya (Buddhist relics) and also an early aniconic and symbolic representation of the Buddha.
The footprints of Buddha are along the path from aniconic to iconic which starts at symbols like the wheel and moves to statues of Buddha. These footprints are meant to remind that Buddha was present on earth and left a spiritual ‘path’ to be followed.
They are special as they are the only monuments which give Buddha a physical presence on earth as they are actual depression in the earth. A depression atop of Adam’s Peak in Sri Lanka is among the largest and most famous footprints.
The footprints of the Buddha abound throughout Asia, dating from various periods.
Japanese author Motoji Niwa, who spent years tracking down the footprints in many Asian countries, estimates that he found more than 3,000 such footprints, among them about 300 in Japan and more than 1,000 in Sri Lanka. They often bear distinguishing marks, such as a Dharmachakra at the centre of the sole, or the 32, 108 or 132 auspicious signs of the Buddha, engraved or painted on the sole.