Bigfoot Myths and Legends
Bigfoot is believed to dwell mainly in the Pacific Northwest. However, there have been many sightings of it all around the world.
It is described as a huge, hairy, half man and half ape like creature. Its huge feet are said to measure from 16 to 24 inches long. Those that have been in its vicinity say it exudes a foul stench.
The odor is described to be similar to that of rotten eggs, and even worse, than that of a skunk!
Bigfoot Makes The News!
Bigfoot was a term that was used by a group of loggers at a Northern California logging camp. They used it to describe the large sets of footprints that they had found around their logging camp.
During this time in 1958, Andrew Genzoli was a writer for the Humboldt Times. In an article he wrote he referenced a letter sent to him about the mysterious footprints that had been found at the logging camp. He had no idea how much of a stir that article would create!
Because of the interest the article sparked, the Humboldt Times ran follow up articles. Readers became obsessed with the stories. They couldn’t get enough of them and soon the articles were the talk of the town.
Eventually the story had spread to all parts of the country. As with all stories that are passed on, many parts of it were added to or left out. The Bigfoot story became a combination of truth, gossip and rumors. This made it hard to distinguish the fact from the fiction.
Thus, Bigfoot became a legend!
Bigfoot And Its Counterparts
Sasquatch – The name sasquatch came from the Sts’ailes, a First Nations people from southern British Columbia.
To some First Nations people, it is not seen as a monster but rather that of a guardian of the forest.
Yowie– Australia has a legendary creature that they call the “yowie”. Its characteristics are similar to that of Bigfoot. Yowie is a tall ape like creature. Claims of yowie sightings are still rumored to this day.
Hibagon – Japan has the “hibagon”,he some of the characteristics that are much like that of Bigfoot. However, unlike Bigfoot the hibagon is reported to be a small hairy ape with a foul odor.
Yeren – In China they have the “yeren” and he is reported to be a shy creature that has reddish fur.
Yeti – High up in the Himalayan mountains there is another close relative called the “Yeti”. It is a tall ape like creature with white fur.
Abominable Snowman – In the Himalayas, The Abominable Snowman, is also known as the Yeti .
Regardless of all of its counterparts, one thing is for certain, a Bigfoot by any other name is still a Bigfoot!
There have been many hoaxes, photos and videos of this giant hairy beast.
People have gone so far as to get dressed up in gorilla suits and trudge the woodlands. They then claim to have photo and video footage of Bigfoot in hopes of gaining some notoriety.
Their hopes of their claim to fame at spotting the beast are normally put to rest by others catching them in their hoax.
Still others have made cement and plaster casts of large footprints and then had them embedded into the muddy forest areas. Eagerly taking pictures of the footprints, they then claim to have evidence of its existence!
Jane Goodall believed its existence could be possible. She had spent many years living among the apes and observing them.
A piece of skin with many hairs attached to it was found deep in the woods and it was handed in to authorities. Was it from from the elusive Bigfoot?
An investigation was later launched and a closed file was started. The file was later made public and it concluded that the skin was from that of a deer.
Documentaries on the existence of bigfoot became very popular. However, rather than substantiate its existence most of them revealed the hoaxes and trickery that were used in photos and film footage. Further debunking its existence.
The creature is portrayed by some as being a frightening, dangerous creature from the past.
While on the softer side, the movie Harry and the Hendersons, portrayed him as a friendly beast that was in need of protection.
Bigfoot sightings are right up there with the purported sightings of Elvis and Santa Claus.
Weird But Fun Bigfoot facts
In 1965 Bigfoot was put on the endangered species list in Russia.
Its eyes are reported to glow yellow or red at night.
Its smell has been described as similar to that of a skunk or even worse, rotten eggs!
Fact or Fiction?
One popular belief is that Bigfoot is the offspring of an ape from Asia. This caused some people to believe that it had travelled to North America during the Ice Age.
In 1924 a group of prospectors on Mount St. Helens in Washington claimed to have been attacked by a group of ape-like men.
The Washington Air National guard adopted Bigfoot as their mascot. Their mission is to safeguard the lives and property of the United States.The facility operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Just like their mascot, they are rarely seen and heard.
Oh yes, one more weird thing that is going around about Bigfoot, his farts are causing global warming………..ah yes, no shortage of myths!
Walking alone in the to heightens our senses to sounds and smells. There are many shadows and swaying trees that we may interpret as that of a creature. When in reality it is more than likely our mind playing tricks on us or our imagination gone wild!
What you believe you saw and what you actually saw may be two entirely different things.
“What really matters is what you believe”~Dan Brown
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