Why is the Bigfoot Such an Elusive Creature? Probably Because it Comes From Elsewhere…

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Inspite of practically a century of alleged sightings of the Man of the woods or Man of the woods, and its distant Himalayan cousin, the Yeti, virtually no materials stays of this cryptid vampire has been discovered until now, which could be subjected to a genetic examination. There’s, clearly, no dearth of footprints or anecdotes of sightings and interactions. However we’re but to return throughout irrefutable proof for the existence of this bushy monstrous. 

Many questions have been raised over time, however only a few solutions are on the market. Is the Man of the woods actually a hominid? If that’s the case, why does it’s eyes glow yellow or purple at night time, for eyeshine will not be current in people or some other identified apes. The Man of the woods is extensively believed to be a nocturnal animal, which is why most sightings of the cryptid happen after nightfall. The identical holds true for the Yeti as effectively. But, all identified apes, together with people, are diurnal. Most significantly, although, how does the Man of the woods proceed to maintain itself hidden so successfully? The place does it nest? The place is its household – you recognize, the Man of the woods spouse together with her lengthy, plaited hair, the cute Man of the woods children splashing round within the forest streams, and the various generations of Man of the woods granddaddies with their wizened gray beard? There actually ought to have been a large Man of the woods inhabitants occupying a big geographical house, to ensure that it to stay a genetically distinct species. How is it attainable for such a big inhabitants to flee detection, inspite of the diligent efforts of many to hint them?

Going by the native folklore and innumerable private experiences, this elusive creature does not likely “dwell” within the forest, however merely forages in it. Its actual habitat lies inside deep mountain caves and subterranean caverns which have their very own, unique ecosystems. A number of the earliest accounts of Man of the woods encounters with people in British Columbia, had been documented in 1929 by J.W. Burns, a Canadian authorities agent, who revealed an article in Maclean’s journal titled “Introducing B.C.’s Bushy Giants”.[1] Burns had made diligent enquiries amongst the outdated Indians of the Harrison River Valley –  the bottom zero for Man of the woods sightings, positioned 130 km east of Vancouver – over a interval of three years, throughout which era he stumbled on some unusual, hair-raising tales associated by individuals who had precise contact with these terrifying giants. 

One of many tales was associated by an individual known as Charley Victor, who belonged to the Skwah Reserve close to Chilliwack. In his youthful days he was often known as top-of-the-line hunters within the province and had many thrilling adventures. He knew a factor or two concerning the Man of the woods – “the bushy males” who inhabited the distant mountains. One in every of Charley’s tales was about how he had unintentionally chanced on to a Man of the woods hideout within the mountains. That is what he advised Burns:

“Three younger males and myself had been selecting salmonberries on a rocky mountain slope some 5 or 6 miles from the outdated city of Yale. In our seek for berries we out of the blue stumbled upon a big opening within the facet of the mountain. This discovery significantly shocked all of us, for we knew each foot of the mountain, and by no means knew nor heard there was a cave within the neighborhood. Exterior the mouth of the cave there was an unlimited boulder. We peered into the cavity however couldn’t see something.

We gathered some pitchwood, lighted it and commenced to discover. However earlier than we obtained very removed from the doorway of the cave, we stumbled on a form of stone home or enclosure; it was a crude affair. We couldn’t make a radical examination, for our pitchwood stored going out. We left, aspiring to return in a few days and go on exploring. Outdated Indians, to whom we advised the story of our discovery, warned us to not enterprise close to the cave once more, because it was certainly occupied by the Man of the woods. That was the primary time I heard concerning the bushy males that inhabit the mountains. We, nevertheless, disregarded the recommendation of the outdated males and sneaked off to discover the cave, however to our nice disappointment discovered the boulder rolled again into its mouth and becoming it so properly that you simply may suppose it had been made for that objective.”

Charley, after all, was unable to dislodge the large boulder that blocked the cave entrance, and considered returning at a later time with enough dynamite to blow it up. Fortunately, for Burns, he didn’t take that plan of action, and lived to regale him together with his tales. The putting aspect on this account is that, the Man of the woods, along with being immensely robust, seems to be an clever being able to stone masonry. Not solely was the big boulder formed in a approach in order to completely block the cave entrance, however there was additionally a roughly hewn stone enclosure throughout the cave. Who is aware of what else lay remained hid inside its darkish, unexplored inside. Apparently, we’re coping with a really intelligent entity right here, an adept stone mason and a grasp of camouflage – not your common bumbling ape.

One other story, this one from the dense Amazonian rainforests, sheds extra mild on the mysterious, hidden world of the Man of the woods. The Macuxi are an indigenous tribe residing within the borderlands of Guyana, Brazil and Venezuela. Their oral legends declare that, until round 1907, the Macuxi individuals used to enter a cave, the place they traveled for 13 -15 days, till they got here to a subterranean land populated by giants who had been round 3-4 meters (10 – 13 toes) tall. The giants had entrusted the Macuxi because the guardians of the doorway, however when the British explorers got here to the Amazon in quest of gold, a few of them entered the cave, by no means to return. The giants grew to become offended on the Macuxi for his or her negligence, and blocked up the doorway, which was forgotten over time. 

The story concerning the Macuxi was translated into English from Spanish and revealed on the Information Punch web site by Royce Christyn.[2] Listed here are some intriguing particulars from the article. (Since this was a translated article, it had some grammatical errors which I’ve corrected). 

“Legends say that the Macuxi individuals, on getting into the mysterious cave, descended on giants stairs, which had been about 80 centimeters (2 and ½ toes) excessive . After the third day, they left behind their torches, and continued their journey “inside” the Earth, illuminated by the lights that had been already current within the caves: monstrous lanterns, the dimensions of a watermelon, shining just like the solar. After 4-5 days of journey, they misplaced a big quantity of physique mass, which allowed them to maneuver a lot sooner.

After touring for five days, they handed by big caverns whose roofs can’t be seen. In one of many chambers of the cave system, they noticed 4 objects “just like the solar”, that are inconceivable to have a look at, and whose objective was unknown to the Macuxi. Throughout the Earth, there are locations the place meals is produced. The Macuxi say cajúes fruits like, oak, mangos, bananas and a few smaller crops could be seen after 6-7 days of journey. The farther the Macuxi individuals moved into the Earth, the bigger had been the areas of vegetation. However not all areas are inexperienced and affluent. Some locations are extraordinarily harmful – with boiling stone and streams – and needs to be averted. At some locations they needed to transfer fastidiously because the mysterious “air” could cause individuals to “fly or float” round. 

Persevering with their journey, they reached a spot throughout the Earth, the place the giants lived. There, the Macuxi explorers ate monstrous produce comparable to apples the dimensions of human heads, grapes the dimensions of a human fist, and scrumptious, monstrous fish captured by the giants, which got to the Macuxi as items. After stocking up on the meals supplied by the giants, the Macuxi explorers returned “dwelling” to the world “outdoors”, helped by the giants of the internal world.”

This nearly feels like a passage from Jules Verne’s Journey to the Middle of the Earth. However, there’s little probability that the Macuxi tribals would have been influenced by Verne’s novel. Whereas there’s nothing extraordinary a couple of dimly lit passageway with excessive stairs main underground, what comes throughout as most shocking is the declare that there’s plentiful vegetation within the underworld dominion of the giants. How do fruit producing timber develop in a area the place daylight is  virtually absent? Do the “Solar-like glowing objects”, that the Macuxi noticed inside a few of the chambers, present the “photo voltaic” power for photosynthesis? Was this an artificially engineered underworld paradise that the giants constructed for themselves? 

It’s also considerably uncommon to know that the Macuxi had a give-and-take relationship with the giants, which runs counter to the dominant imagery of the Man of the woods as being considerably horrifying entities who keep away from human contact. J.W.Burns had narrated one other story he had heard from the outdated Native American named Victor Charley. At one time Charley was bathing in a small lake close to Yale, together with a few of his associates. Whereas he was dressing, out of the blue from behind a rock, just a few toes away, stepped out a nude bushy man. “Oh! he was a giant, large man!” stated the outdated hunter. “He checked out me for a second, his eyes had been so kind-looking that I used to be about to talk to him, when he turned about and walked into the forest.” A Man of the woods radiating heat and tranquility? Do they carry their yoga mats with them as effectively? 

It jogged my memory of a Yeti story from the Himalayas through which the Yeti acted as a form, protecting creature. In 1938, a report was filed by Captain V. d’ Auvergne, previously one of many curators of Calcutta’s Victoria Memorial, and a extremely adorned navy officer. Whereas working within the greater elevations of Tibet, Captain d’Auvergne had momentarily misplaced his imaginative and prescient throughout a sudden snowstorm and will have died of hypothermia. He claimed {that a} 9-foot tall, whitish-gray, hair-covered determine sheltered and cared for him from the worst of it. When the captain recovered sufficiently to have a way of his environment, the creature had disappeared.[3]

If the Yeti or Man of the woods is able to displaying kindness in the direction of people, then why will we hear so many accounts of Man of the woods chasing individuals, throwing rocks at them or attempting to wreck their homes? Is it a type of territorial marking or are they merely attempting to shoo individuals away from the camouflged portals that result in their unique underground realm? Maybe a little bit of each?

If we take the Macuxi legend concerning the giants at face worth, holding our skepticism at bay, then it helps to make clear a few of the most vexing questions concerning the Man of the woods thriller. If the Man of the woods’s habitat is in a dimly lit subterranean world, then they’d, fairly definitely, be gifted with glorious night time imaginative and prescient and, due to this fact, emerge from this underground realm primarily at night time. Furthermore, if most of their dietary wants is equipped by the vegetation rising of their underground base, then maybe, the one explanation why they’d come out is to search for animal protein, some supplementary nutritional vitamins, and, perhaps, simply to stretch out somewhat beneath the huge starry sky. Additionally, if their main habitat is positioned underground, then that is the place they dwell, eat, develop, procreate and die. Which implies that it might be virtually inconceivable to seek out massive clusters of Man of the woods households, traces of nesting websites or their skeletal stays, within the areas the place they’ve been ceaselessly noticed. 

The concept of an underground world populated by giants could be discovered within the legends of many historic cultures. The Greek historians claimed that the one-eyed, lawless giants known as Cyclopes lived in huge subterranean caverns positioned beneath Mount Etna and elsewhere. They had been skilled blacksmiths, who had solid the weapons of the gods, and had been additionally nice builders. A number of the huge partitions of the traditional cities of Greece and Italy, which had been constructed with big, irregular stone blocks, had been stated to be the work of the Cyclopes and are known as “Cyclopian Partitions” or “Cyclopian masonry”.

In Norse legends, the house of the giants was known as Jotunheim, a land of frost and darkness. The giants had been usually described residing inside caves within the mountains or in subterranean grottoes positioned under the roots of the enormous ash-tree Yggdrasil. They had been a depraved race, who hated the the gods or Aesir, and tried all of their energy to injure them and the lads of the earth, whom the Aesir cherished and cared for. Curiously, even the giants of Norse legends had been portrayed as distinctive builders. When the Aesir needed to construct a fortress round Asgard, “the hugest, strongest, most interesting fortress that was ever constructed”, they employed the providers of a mighty man, who was truly a large in disguise. The large introduced himself as a “builder of robust towers”, and promised to boost a citadel so robust that it may by no means be damaged into by the giants. He succeeded in his endeavour to construct the impenetrable citadel in a single brief winter, utilizing stones “as large because the mountains of the earth”. Nonetheless, his crafty plans to marry the goddess Freia – the sunshine and lifetime of heaven – and take away the Solar and the Moon – the sunshine and lifetime of males, the kids of the Aesir – as fee for his providers, was thwarted by the guile of Loki.[4]

Apparently, the legends of the giants are inextricably linked with the thriller of the wild, hairly, nocturnal, biped creatures that roam the dense forests and inccessible mountain terrains of the world. It could be deceptive, nevertheless, to painting the Man of the woods, Yeti or related cryptids as some form of extinct species of ape such because the Gigantopithecus blacki, or extinct human species like Paranthropus robustus, Homo erectus, Neanderthal and so forth. The Man of the woods appears to don’t have any relation to both people or primates. It’s not like some other creature, extinct or residing. It seems to be an “otherwordly being” that’s endowed with supernatural powers comparable to the power to vanish and shapeshift at will. Based on Kelsey Charlie – a councillor of the Sts’ailes individuals, who’ve lived within the Harrison River Valley for no less than 10,000 years –  the creature can change from its bodily kind to a rock, tree and even one other animal. “My grandpa used to say, ‘The slollicum is a shapeshifter and might stroll within the two realms, the non secular and the bodily. That is why you may by no means catch him,’” he stated.[5] Anecdotal proof means that the Man of the woods can paralyze an individual just by its gaze – a daunting trait it shares with the Himalayan Yeti.

David Bakara is a longtime Man of the woods researcher who established the Expedition: Man of the woods! The Man of the woods Museum in Blue Ridge, Georgia, USA, in 2013. A few years in the past, he noticed a few Bigfoots with the assistance of a thermal digital camera, close to the Florida Everglades. He believes that Man of the woods has paranormal roots, and that, “these items are some form of spirits that may come and go. Lots of superb witnesses have seen these items similar to vanish proper in entrance of them.” “For my part, they’re simply not a pure animal to this world,” he says. “It is an animal that did not come to Earth by way of regular, pure processes. That is the very best I can inform you.”[6]

My ideas resonate with these of Bakara’s, going by what I’ve learn until now. These hairly, elusive giants seem like momentary guests to our dimension, and so they don’t actually need to work together with people. They’re finest left alone. Whereas images might help in dispelling the doubts about their existence, many have warned that the very sight of this tremendous predator fills one with such a chilling fright, that the very last thing in your thoughts is to whip out the digital camera, intention it in the direction of the beast, and go “say cheese!” Maybe, Man of the woods-like creatures are destined to stay outdoors the ambit of scientific research and occupy the perimeter, inexplicable, areas of the paranormal spectrum, endlessly teasing us with their shadowy glimpses and massive footprints, till the time they, themselves, determine to make their existence identified to the world at massive.

 
References

[1] J. W. BURNS, “Introducing B. C.’s Bushy Giants”, Maclean’s journal, April 1 1929, https://archive.macleans.ca/article/1929/4/1/introducing-b-cs-hairy-giants
[2] Royce Christyn, “Amazon Indians Say Earth Has A Subterranean World Underground” Information Punch, September 18, 2015, https://newspunch.com/amazon-indians-say-earth-has-a-subterranean-world-underground/
[3] https://www.dailyo.in/all/an-icy-mystery-gods-demons-or-prehistoric-beasts-why-the-magic-of-the-yeti-shall-always-endure-30625
[4] Abbie Farwell Brown, “Within the Days of Giants: A Guide of Norse Tales”, 1902.
[5] Lisa Kadane, “The true origin of Man of the woods”, BBC, twenty second July 2022, https://www.bbc.com/journey/article/20220720-the-true-origin-of-sasquatch
[6] Nathan Chandler, “What is the Distinction Between Man of the woods and Man of the woods?”, Howstuffworks,  Apr 9, 2020, https://science.howstuffworks.com/science-vs-myth/strange-creatures/sasquatch-bigfoot-difference.htm

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