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Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Almas | A Body and Other Evidence | Part 5

In 1980, a Mongolian government employee came across a dead body while working in Bulgan.
At first, he thought it was a human body. But when he got a closer look, he knew differently.

"I approached and saw the hairy corpse of a robust humanlike creature dried and half-buried by sand. I had never seen such a humanlike being before covered by camel-color brownish-yellow short hairs and I recoiled, although, in my native land in Sinkiang, I had seen many dead men killed in battle . . .  The dead thing was not a bear or ape and at the same time, it was not a man like Mongol or Kazakh or Chinese and Russian. The hairs on its head were longer than on its body. The skin was darkened and shriveled like the hide of a dead camel".
In 1992, the first serious expedition was launched to investigate Almas in the Tien Shan region. It was led by Russian anatomist and mountain climber Dr. Marie-Jeanne Koffman. The team was a joint French-Russian venture. The team spent several weeks in the region, collecting over 500 eyewitness accounts which included descriptions of Almas families. However, the expedition did not see any almas themselves and were thereby unable to capture any.

They did return with some droppings and hairs that locals told them came from Almas. When analyzed, the hairs could not be matched to any known animal and were determined to have possibly come from some sort of primate. The droppings contained food remains that showed the creature they came from was omnivorous. The shape and texture were unlike those of a bear which was the only known omnivore living in that area.

Part 4


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This Post is 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 on 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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1 comment:

  1. Given he specified ethnic groups which the individual was not, this implies the individual had features of certain ethnic groups (like how Europeans have the pale skin and red hair of Neanderthals), but looked different.

    The man would have been familiar with different ethnic groups from around the world, due to education being universal, but the "Almas" looed different from a human.

    The man would have known of deformities, but the creature apparently did not possess those, instead having hair longer than that of an anchorite (as evidenced by the man being familiar with Christian folklore from Russian missionaries: as humans can grow 3 inches of hair in the wild this implies the "Almas" had four inches), and a large brow ridge, which would be common among Cossacks.

    The faeces apparently was not human but similar, implying it digested things humans could not.

    Such long hair and digestion can be explained by a variation of werewolf syndrome and a thicker stomach wall, but the idea of a population of deformed dull normals breeding in the wild is illogical, as the Ancients knew of deformities and practiced infanticide by exposure.

    They would have known if the Almas were feral children, and as vocational work mattered in the old days village idiots would have been common.

    Obviously many Almas reports can be explained by feral children, hermits, Old Believers, hunters, indigenous shamans, hallucinations, convicts, Jungian projection, hoaxes, lost people, ordinary people being spotted in the wild (such as lovers), and I would think the Bratva or Triads disguising themselves, and folk memory of Denisovans can explain the mythology.

    But whilst I am a skeptic (NOT a Fortean), I can say a large clan of hermits which suffers from Almas-like conditions can explain ALL sightings in THIS area, it cannot explain sightings in OTHER areas.

    It cannot explain the Almas being common in the steppes of rural Mongolia (although the belief in the Almas elsewhere can be explained by mere folklore).

    As many Mongols are still herders and many live near the border of Mongolia's neighbours, we can presume sightings are common in all of Greater Mongolia (except the Mongolian Gobi and lowland forests of course).


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