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The Yeti

Taking a little vacation from North America today. We're traveling to the Himalayas. Come with me as we talk "Yeti".
Most everyone knows of Eric Shipton who in 1951 returned from his expedition with photographs of an alleged Yeti footprint. The track was 12 in. long and 5 in. wide. There was a big rounded toe slightly to one side; the second toe was separate and the lateral toes were smaller and grouped together. And it wasn't just one track. They followed a trail of these tracks for more than a mile.

They had also found similar tracks several other times.  The sherpas described the Yetis or Wild Men as half-man and half-beast, around 5 1/2 feet tall, with a tall pointed head. It's body was covered with hair but it had a hairless face. They said it was not a bear or monkey and said this with confidence as they were familiar with both of those animals.

There is much debate on just what the Yeti are. Today I'm not talking types. Today I want to tell about other encounters with the creature before Shipton presented his famous photograph.

One of the earliest Western reports came from the 13th-century monk and philosopher Roger Bacon. He recorded that in the "high rocks" of Tibet and China there lived a wild man who was covered in hair. He was told that the natives would capture the wild men by leaving out bowls of liquor and getting them too drunk to run or fight.

In 1832, B.E. Hodgson, British resident at the Court of Nepal, told how his porters ran in terror from a shaggy creature. It stood on two legs. They called it a demon. Hodgson dismissed the creature as some sort of ape.

In 1882, we have one of the first reports that used the term "Yeti". Major L. A. Waddell came across some footprints in the snow during his expedition in Sikkim in northeast India. The sherpas told him that the prints had been made by the hairy man of the snows, the "Yet-teh", which was loosely translated to mean "that-there thing".

In 1921 Lt. Colonel C. K. Howard-Bury led an expedition in the Everest region. His sherpas pointed out three strange creatures walking across a flat stretch of snowfield at about 23000 ft. When they reached the snowfield, Howard-Bury found huge footprints which his porters said belonged to a creature called the "metoh-kangmi". Journalist Henry Newman later mis translated that to mean "Abominable Snowman". And this is the name that created interest in the creature in the Western world.

Next time, we'll talk the types of Yeti.


Nancy

"I'll spark the thought; what you do with it is up to you."
 "Those that know, need no further proof. Those that don't, should not demand it from others, but seek it for themselves."
 

This Post By TCC Team Member Nancy Marietta. Nancy has had a lifelong interest in the paranormal and cryptids. Nancy is also a published author and her book, The Price of war, has been met with great reviews.


[Please Note: Sadly Nancy passed away at the first of January, 2022. We will continue to honor her and her research by sharing her work. RIP Nancy. -Thomas]



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