Within the areas of cryptozoological curiosity to readers of this web site, most settle for that creatures like Wild man–supposing such an animal exists–is a organic, half human, half ape monstrosity mentioned to exist within the distant wilds of the US. In fact, experiences of such creatures happen all around the world, with regional varieties current within the folklore amongst cultures and traditions on practically each continent, apart from Antarctica.
However one who examines intently the similarities between numerous cultural interpretations of the wild man fantasy will start to note a variety of fascinating traits, particularly these stemming from extra historic interpretations of the alleged beasts. To be particular, one side that’s typically related to experiences of horrific and enigmatic Fortean entities is the truth that their presence historically is concurrent with unhealthy luck and misfortune, with such entities themselves appearing as harbingers of disagreeable issues to come back.
I got here throughout one other occasion of this type of interpretation simply final night time, whereas I met with a journalist who, years in the past, described having joined the Wild man Discipline Researcher’s Group (BFRO) within the area on considered one of their investigations. Throughout this outing, he described having a variety of experiences the place he was accosted by some unseen entity: giant stones have been being hurled at him from the forest close by, which occurred in the course of the night time, together with an uncanny worry that overtook him. (My affiliate famous that, regardless of being an skilled outdoorsman who has escaped bear that stalked him whereas fly fishing and different perils of the wilderness, this was essentially the most intense worry to which he had ever practically succumbed). The expertise ended up being transformational; whereas he does not commit himself totally to perception following the experiences (he by no means really noticed the alleged beast), he nonetheless feels that examine of the creature–and maybe extra importantly, those that examine it–now current an space of inescapable intrigue.
Following the occasions that lured him into the intense examine of cryptozoology, my affiliate was in a position to pursue a variety of tales shared by Cherokee natives on a reservation in Western North Carolina, who largely believed that whereas the creature was not a supernatural being (preferring as an alternative the concept that these beasts are a type of “misplaced tribe”), their presence does additionally appear to be related to unhealthy luck and misfortune. This jogs my memory of comparable tales related to sure Midwestern Native American tribes, who talk about a being referred to as “Strolling Sam” whose look appears to spark the next incidence of teenage suicide.
Some time again, I acquired the next e mail from Federal employee who first discovered about “Strolling Sam” from involved locals at a tribal council assembly in South Dakota:
I work for the Federal Authorities and was at a tribal council assembly in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, a few years in the past at which an aged lady complained about Strolling Sam, unhealthy “spirit” that was inflicting youngsters to commit suicide. She needed the Federal Authorities to do one thing about him! The bodily description of what she described seemed like a Wild man-type of entity. I mentioned it by e mail with Loren Coleman, who posted it on his weblog. I’ve additionally described what I heard that day right here. In any case, it’s fascinating to invest about what Strolling Sam is likely to be. I am simply curious what you would possibly know.
Certainly, I discovered this to be very fascinating, and whereas the “Strolling Sam” character is taken into account broadly by many to be a cultural interpretation of a Wild man-type creature, there are a selection of curious facets to this character that also needs to be considered. For one, along with being very tall, Strolling Sam is usually mentioned to seem carrying a “stovepipe hat” (actually, this type of description would possibly match Abraham Lincoln as simply as any Wildman). The fiend typically makes his presence recognized by peering in folks’s home windows at them by cowl of night time, although the obvious motive for a rise in teenage suicide following his appearances will not be clear. However one factor that is very obvious: the cultural motif that represents these entities as “unhealthy luck beings” stays clear. Additionally, what’s the significance of the highest hat? Fellow Mysterious Universe writer Jason Offut even devoted a portion of his guide Darkness Walks: The Shadow Individuals Amongst Us to experiences of such shadowy entities seen sporting comparable headgear. Is that this an analogous cultural archetype that has develop into related to in style conventions of nefarious villainry (i.e. Snidely Whiplash)?
Such parallels fall underneath the free categorization of an idea I name “Fortean Folks Devils,” which I’ve described many occasions previously in numerous mediums. For extra on this, attempt these articles detailing Beowulf’s Folks Satan, a thirteenth century wildman, a nineteenth century Folks Satan sighting, the notorious Grease Devils of Maylay tradition, and even a few of the extra apparent hyperlinks between creatures like Mothman and misfortune. Certainly, evidently a complete host of cryptozoological and supernatural being seem to typically characterize doom and misfortune… it may even be argued that many experiences of such creatures within the close by vicinities of assorted disasters would possibly present a handy type of scapegoat for these affected. However this begs a completely new query: do the beasts themselves trigger disasters by advantage of their appearances alone, or are cultural perceptions of their presence constructed up steadily together with folks’s inside have to discover a “perpetrator” to level fingers at when they’re struck with misfortune?