The Tibetan name for the Abominable Snowman, a humanlike monster whose tracks have been discovered in the frigid lands of perpetual snow in the Himalayan regions of India, Nepal, and Tibet.
According to locals, the Yeti is but one of several unidentified creatures that inhabit the highlands of southern Asia. Sherpas, Nepalis and Tibetans alike have described different types of Yeti; a larger variety is described as being a hybrid of man and ape and standing well over two meters tall and having a fur of a dark brown to black color. Yet another type is described as smaller than an average man with a reddish-brown pelt. These different types of Yeti have two things in common; they walk upright and are equally elusive.
Several sightings, mainly of footprints, have been reported by westerner explorers throughout the years, but contrary to popular belief, these creatures are highly unlikely to dwell in the snowfields where food is scarce, but rather inhabit the jungle and forested areas where there are abundant plants and small animals on which they may feed.
In every mountain range in the world live people who tell stories of a strange, lumbering, manlike creature; of footprints too large to belong to any human; of isolated communities living in fear of a monster that goes by many names.
In the Himalayas he is known as the Yeti. Elsewhere in Asia, from the Gobi Desert in the north to Assam in the south, he goes by the names of Meti, Shookpa, Migo, Kang-Mi, and many others. To people living in remote, wooded parts of the northwestern United States, he is Bigfoot. In the foothills of the Canadian Rockies he is known as the Sasquatch.
Whatever the name, the description is roughly the same; height, up to 10 feet; weight, about 300 pounds; appearance, hairy and apelike, but walks upright on two legs; species, unknown.
1832 B.H. Hodson,the U.K. representative in Nepal, described a hirsute creature who reportedly had attacked his servants. The natives called the beast "rakshas," which means "demon." This was the first report of the Yeti made by a Westerner.
1889 British army major L. A. Waddell found what he took to be large footprints in the snow on a high peak northeast of Sikkin. His bearers told him that these were the tracks of a man-like creature called Yeti, and that it was quite likely to attack humans and carry then away as food.
Roger Patterson's 1967 Bigfoot Footage
1913 A group of Chinese hunters reportedly wounded and captured a hairy man-like creature, that the locals soon named the "snowman". This creature was supposedly kept captive in Patang at Sinkiang province for a period of five months until it died. It was described as having a black monkey-like face and large body covered with silvery yellow hair several inches long; it's hands and feet were man-like and the creature was incredibly strong.
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