The Abominable Snowman and his relatives
A young Yeti escapes from a compund in Shanghai owned by a wealthy businessman who intends to use him to prove the existence of yetis to the world.
This is the beginning of a 2019 computer-animated film once again featuring a creature that some people fear, others find a fascinating mystery and most believe to be just a ridiculous made-up story.
Whether living on inhospitable mountain tops, or in thick forests, stories of elusive ape men are common throughout many cultures around the world. Let’s have a look at four of the most common cryptids: Yeti, the Abominable Snowman, Sasquatch and Bigfoot.
By the way, cryptids are animals presumed by followers of the cryptozoology pseudoscientific subculture to exist on the basis of anecdotal or other evidence considered insufficient by mainstream science. They include the creatures mentioned above and others such as the kraken, the Loch Ness Monster or the chupacabra.
Stories of a man-like creature in the Himalayas are even older than Buddhism. The Lepcha people, who were indigenous to the Himalayan Mountain region, believed in a supernatural hunting god from the mountains, who was the ruler of all the forest’s creatures.
Various peoples of the Himalayas featured the Yeti in many folk tales, often depicting the creature as a bear-like or ape-like man who left large tracks in the snow, sometimes carrying a large stone as a weapon.
This term was born out of a simple mistranslation. In 1921, a reporter named Henry Newman was interviewing participants in a British Mount Everest Expedition for the newspaper, The Statesmen. These men told Newman stories of finding large footprints on the mountain, which their guides had said were left by Metoh-Kangmi. Metoh translates to “man-bear” and Kangmi to “snowman”. But Newman messed up the first part of the word, misinterpreting metoh as “filthy”. Not liking that word, he decided “abominable” sounded better. And the Abominable Snowman nickname remained.
Both the Yeti and Abominable Snowman originate in the Himalayas, and thus are often treated as different names for essentially the same legend.
Tales of ape-like wild men can also be found in various indigenous communities throughout North America.
Throughout the Pacific Northwest, coastal Salish peoples told stories of a mysterious primate-man hybrid who lived in the forest. They called him Sésquac, a word meaning “wild man”.
But many other tribes had their own local stories of ape-like men, or other forms of human-like giants. These stories differed greatly from tribe to tribe, and even from family to family. But they all shared the idea that larger than life creatures exist out in the wild.
Today, the creature known as Sasquatch is more commonly called “Bigfoot”. This name was first used in 1958, when a man named Gerald Crew found large, unidentifiable footprints near his bulldozer in Bluff Creek, California. He made a cast of the prints and was featured in the local paper. Locals began calling the enigmatic owner of the footprints “Big Foot”.
Bigfoot or Sasquatch is commonly depicted as a large, muscular primate that walks upright like a man. People who claim to have seen it describe Bigfoot as roughly 2 to 2.7 m tall, and covered with black, dark brown, or dark reddish hair.
Over the years, most credible scientists have discounted the existence of these cryptids. The lack of any real evidence has led them to think that Yeti and Bigfoot exist merely as a result of folklore, misidentification, and hoax.
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