A Yeti is a large hairy creature resembling a human or bear, said to live in the highest part of the Himalayan region of Nepal and Tibet. Synonyms: Abominable Snowman, Sasquatch, Snowman, and Bigfoot.
When I think of a Yeti I think of the movie Harry and the Hendersons. I love that movie from my childhood. This is definitely the “cuter” side of these creatures. If you haven’t had a chance to see it yet I highly recommend checking it out.
Here is the synopsis: While returning from a trip in the woods, George Henderson (John Lithgow) and his family run into something with their car that turns out to be a Sasquatch. Thinking the creature is dead, they take him home, but “Harry” (Kevin Peter Hall) soon awakens. Despite their initial fears, Harry is a kind and sensitive being, and the Henderson’s become very fond of him. However, it is difficult to keep him a secret, and soon they begin to fear for Harry’s safety.
Where does the Yeti lore come from? The people indigenous to the Himalayan region have had the story of the Yeti as part of their mythology and history. Westerners did not hear about the Yeti until the 19th century.
The following information is used from the Wikipedia site.
“According to H. Siiger, the Yeti was a part of the pre-Buddhist beliefs of several Himalayan people. He was told that the Lepcha people worshipped a “Glacier Being” as a God of the Hunt. He also reported that followers of the Bön religion once believed the blood of the “mir god” or “wild man” had use in certain mystical ceremonies. The being was depicted as an apelike creature who carries a large stone as a weapon and makes a whistling swoosh sound.“
“Western interest in the Yeti peaked dramatically in the 1950s. While attempting to scale Mount Everest in 1951, Eric Shipton took photographs of a number of large prints in the snow, at about 6,000 m (20,000 ft) above sea level. These photos have been subject to intense scrutiny and debate. Some argue they are the best evidence of Yeti’s existence, while others contend the prints are those of a mundane creature that have been distorted by the melting snow.“
A possible explanation? “In 1986, South Tyrolean mountaineer Reinhold Messner claimed to have a face-to-face encounter with a Yeti. He wrote a book, My Quest for the Yeti, and claims to have killed one. According to Messner, the Yeti is actually the endangered Himalayan brown bear, Ursus arctos isabellinus, or Tibetan blue bear, U. a. pruinosus, which can walk both upright or on all fours.“
The search for the Yeti and those who claim to have found it are very similar to that of the Loch Ness Monster. I’ve been to Inverness, Scotland and have been on a boat ride across the loch that Nessie is said to live in. The water is as black as night. Kind of creepy.
Below are some video links to check out.
- Yeti Legends – National Geographic Channel
- Tracing the Origins of a Yeti’s Finger – BBC
- Lost video tapes of the Yeti – Animal Planet
Are you ready to believe?