The mysterious Abominable Snowman, also known as the Yeti, is a bipedal creature that lives in the mountains of Asia. Although it is sometimes found in snow, the Yeti is said to also live below the Himalayan snowline. The existence of the Yeti is still not proven despite numerous expeditions to remote mountain areas in China, Russia, and Nepal.
According to some, the Yeti is muscular and covered in dark grayish or reddish-brown hair. It weighs between 200 and 400 pounds. The Abominable Snowman is shorter than the North American Bigfoot at 6 feet. Although this is the most popular form of Yetis, it has been reported that they come in many other shapes.
In ancient myths and folklore about the Himalayan people, the Yeti is a prominent character. The Yeti is often portrayed as a danger figure in most stories. Many stories warn against dangerous wild animals and encourage people to live in close proximity to their communities.
The myth of the Himalayas became more popular when Westerners began to travel there. Henry Newman, a journalist from Britain, interviewed British explorers after they returned from their Mount Everest expedition in 1921. According to the journalists, the explorers claimed that they had found large footprints on the mountain, which their guides had called “metoh kangmi.” This literally means “man-bear snowman.” Newman correctly pronounced “snowman,” but mistranslated the “filthy” part of “metoh.” He then seemed to believe that “abominable” sounded even more frightening and used this more terrifying name in the paper. This was how the Abominable Snowman legend was born.
Reports and sightings are the most reliable evidence of Yeti existence. There isn’t much hard evidence for the existence of the Abominable Snowman, just like Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster. However, a few pieces have been discovered over time.
Sir Edmund Hillary was the first person to climb Mt. Everest and searched for evidence of the Abominable Snowman. Although he found what appeared to be a scalp of the beast, scientists later discovered that the helmet-shaped skin was actually made from a serow (a Himalayan animal similar in appearance to a goat).
True believers don’t need hard evidence, even though decades of searching have failed to find it. The fact that these mysterious creatures aren’t found doesn’t mean they don’t exist. It’s evidence of how rare, remote and elusive they really are. A single Yeti body, like Bigfoot, would be enough to prove their existence, but no amount of evidence could prove otherwise. These animals, real or not, will be with us forever.