The Yeti, also known as the Abdominal Snowman is a white hairy
Sasquatch that lives in the cold regions of the Himalayan Mountains. This
man-bear is the closes relative to the Bigfoot; in fact if you search the
internet, the most common result for Yeti has to do with Bigfoot.
Visually, the Yeti is not a snowman creature at all, it is said to
resemble a hybrid of a human-gorilla.
The Yeti is said to stand about 11 feet tall. There used to be a lot of
pre-historic creatures that were giants, like Dinosaurs, Terror Bird, it’s a
large carnivorous, flightless bird. Also, animals like the Gigantopithecus,
which is a giant ape that is closely related to the orangutan
that roamed the bamboo forests, jungles and
mountains of China, India and Vietnam during the Miocene to Pleistocene
period. Because teeth fossils were discovered of this giant ape, people
quickly linked it to the Yeti and Bigfoot.
On Animal Planet,
there is an article that says that the purpose of the Yeti is to protect
evil-doers. It supposedly is the guardian of the Himalayas Mountains.
The Yeti scares people with its huge glowing eyes and menacing howls.
People have even caught shadows of the Yeti vaguely walking in the forest or
swinging on trees as it “protects” something on video, and in photographs.
Even before finding information about the yeti, you have to ask yourself, why
hasn’t something so fascinating been found. As a group we figure that, if
something so monstrously tall, really did exist, why hasn’t anyone discover it
yet, or if they saw sightings, where are the is the factual evidence. Not videos
and pictures of gorilla swinging on trees and random shadows of creatures or
tall humans walking, but clear photo that you can identify as being a Yeti, like
in drawings. When did this mythological creature arise in the imaginations of the human mind?
Has it been a myth carried on through ancient times, like the Greek myths?
Apparently, the first reported sighting of the Yeti is said to date back to 1832,
when a mountain hiker B.H. Hodgson of Nepal witnessed a tall beast covered in dark hair walking on two feet.
Since G.H’s sighting, the evidence of the Yeti has hit an
all-time fever pitch, like extraterrestrial, reports of the Yeti Sighting keeps
piling up. Adventurers have now
taken the Himalayan Mountain as a destination spot for Yeti searching, from 1950
up to today.
The most reasonable data that has been found of the Yeti
existence is in 1951, when Eric Shipton photographed strange footprints on Mount
Everest. However, it could have
been any other Himalayan wildlife with really big feet.
Shipton claimed that the Footprints were made by the Yeti, and so did
others, who found hair and fecal samples and more footprint photograph that
could have also been from a Himalayan wildlife.
Like Eric Shipton, another Mountaineer, Sir Edmund Hilary an explorer and the
first climber to scaled Mount Everest, when in search of evidence of the Yeti
and discovered a helmets shaped hide in 1960 that he claimed was the scalp of
the Yeti. It was a claim after all, because Scientists later discovered that the
helmet shaped hide was made from a Serow, a Himalayan animal similar to a goat.
In an article written by Rossella Lorenzi on Discoverynews.com, it states that
in 1985 a mountain climber name Peter Byrne claimed that a Monk at a Pangboche
temple in Nepal told him that he had a Yeti’s hand that had been preserved for
many years. Byrne then broke of a 3.5 inches digit and carried it to London. In
London, he told people that the finger was the Yeti finger, so they believed
him and put it in a museum. In 2008, scientist walking around a the Hunterian Museum
in London saw the finger and asked primatologist William Charles Hill if they could do some experiment on
the finger to find any DNA that would identify the finger belonged to a Yeti or Giant ape.
The scientist discovered that the finger bone belonged to human and that mystery was solved.
Group’s opinion “Theories”:
After compiling hypothesis of these mountain adventures, we have come up with a
few theories. Frist, there is money to be made of this legend, just like every
other myth and legend, such as mermaid, Bigfoot, UFOs, there is an enterprise
made for this type of unknown legend. Money from the video games, the television
shows, movies, books, and scholarly articles, read and bought by Yeti
enthusiast. Because, people want to have their fantasies and far-fetch mental
concoction be proven. Theory 2 is that the Yeti is really the Gigantopithecus, the extinct
giant ape, survived and moved to the Himalayan Mountains and turned white over
thousands of years through adaptation.
And lastly, to the native people of Himalayas Mountain, the Yeti is a divine being
that guards the Himalayan Mountains from evil-doers. The Yeti is protecting them
from something terrible. And he only comes out of hiding, when there is trouble
for the Himalayan people. Whether these theories are truth or not,
the Yeti is a pop culture icon.
Furthermore, there are already problems established within the
Yeti’s legends. Although there are physical evidence found from the Himalayan
Mountains, like foot-prints, a scalp, some hair and fecal samples, and a finger
bone, there is no factual data to link any of these findings to the Yeti. The
discoveries are all too vague to be taken as creditable evidence that the Yeti
in fact does exist. So we have come to the conclusion that the Yeti is nothing
more than an urban legend. The only existence it has is in the minds of those
who believe the legends are real.