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Monday, October 7, 2019

Woodwose: Was This Ancient Wildman Really Bigfoot?
By Dorraine Fisher

Wildman tales go back as far as the human story. But they seemed to explode onto the scene during the Middle Ages, making their appearances in artwork, wood carvings on furniture, and in architecture details of a creature known as the Woodwose or Wuduwasa in Anglo-Saxon Culture.  Why is this?

There is a lot of evidence to suggest that some kind of large, hairy creatures lived in the forests of Europe during those times and that they were acknowledged enough by people that they were deemed real enough in society to depict them everywhere. All this suggests that the woodwose was a creature that was widely known at that time and also widely accepted. But what were they?

During those times, most people lived pretty close to nature. And it wasn’t considered all that unusual for a human to live far out in the wilderness alone especially if they were hiding for some reason or simply had given up on the “society” in which they had previously lived. This is where the concept of the hermit came from in ancient stories and may have given rise to the idea of wild men.

Another theory is that they were nothing more than feral humans. These could have possibly been orphaned or abandoned children who simply grew up on their own in the woods or were raised by other animals as is suggested by certain stories like Romulus and Remus who were raised by wolves and later founded Rome.

It’s also been suggested that these wild men were specimens of another species of humans like possibly Neanderthals that still existed mostly undetected alongside Homo Sapiens. Which brings us to the last theory.

Could they simply have been the European version of Bigfoot? Detailed depictions of their size, stature, physiology, and overall hairiness suggest that they may very well have been a cousin to our very own sasquatch of North America. 

The real answer may be that the creatures that were seen in the woods may have been several or all of these things at different times and in different places. Economic conditions and imagination allowed for all of them. But the clear, unmistakeable depictions of them in art and architecture as large, muscular, hairy creatures with an intelligence in their eyes suggests very strongly that a cousin of Bigfoot existed in Europe from the time of fairy tales.


This Post By TCC Team Member Dorraine Fisher. Dorraine is a Professional Writer, photographer, a nature, wildlife and Bigfoot enthusiast who has written for many magazines. Dorraine conducts research, special interviews and more for The Crypto Crew. Get Dorraine's book The Bigfoot Research Journal

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