Monday, July 22, 2024

The Mysterious Yeti: Myth or Reality?

Have you ever wondered if the mysterious Yeti truly exists? What if the towering, ape-like creature of Himalayan folklore is more than just a myth? Let’s dive into the captivating lore and accounts surrounding the Yeti and explore whether there’s any truth to the tales.


“Yeti” is derived from the Sherpa words “yah” known as rock or cliff and “the” which means beast or animal. Interestingly, some researchers suggest the name might originate from the Sanskrit word “yaksha,” which describes a hairy, superhuman creature. The Yeti is deeply rooted in Himalayan culture, with various indigenous peoples referring to similar creatures by different names. Also inspired by it a domestic airline company called Yeti Airlines is in Nepal.

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Cultural Significance and Folklore

The Yeti isn’t just a creation of Western imagination. Himalayan peoples have long included the Yeti in their folklore. The Lepcha people, for example, revered a “Glacier Being” as a god of the hunt. In a similar vein, adherents of the Bön religion utilized the blood of the “wild man,” or “mi god,” in rituals, believing it to have spiritual value. These stories often describe the Yeti as an ape-like creature that wields a large stone and emits a distinctive whistling sound.

In Tibetan Buddhism, people consider the Yeti a nonhuman animal capable of following Dharma. There are tales of Yetis serving as disciples to religious figures, and in some regions, people worship Yetis as protectors against evil spirits. However, seeing or hearing a Yeti is often viewed as a bad omen, prompting witnesses to seek ways to accumulate merit.

Historical Sightings

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One of the earliest accounts dates back to 1832 when B.H.In northern Nepal, Hodgson saw a towering, bipedal figure with dark hair. Although Hodgson thought it might be an orangutan, his local guides believed otherwise. In 1899, Laurence Waddell documented large footprints in the Himalayas, which his guide attributed to a large apelike creature. Despite Waddell’s skepticism, the guide’s stories hinted at a local belief in the Yeti’s existence. Recently in April 2019, an Indian army mountaineering team claimed they saw mysterious ‘Yeti’ footprints near the Makalu base camp. The footprints measured 81 by 38 cm (32 by 15 in).

Do you believe the Yeti exists?

Yes, I believe there’s a real creature behind the myth.

No, I think it’s just folklore and misidentification.

I’m undecided, but the stories are fascinating.

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