The Yeti – January Cryptid of the Month

The Yeti at Cryptid World

January’s feature cryptid is the Yeti. Abominable Snowman is the old term. It was the first westernized name used for these Bigfoot-type creatures that are said to live throughout the Nepal and Tibet region of the Himalayan Mountains. The more precise term is Yeti.

Lieutenant Colonel S. K. Howard-Bury was the first Westerner who claimed to have seen the Yeti in 1921. According to him, the Sherpas said the nearby footprints belonged to metoh-kangmi. Kang-mi means snow creature. Metoh is not a correct translation. It should have been met-teh, which translates “man-sized.” A newspaper reporter then changed  metoh to metch, which means “abominable” and the new nickname—metch-kangmi or abominable snowman—was born. Yeti means: “That There Thing.”

There are three different sizes and types of Yeti.

  • Dzu-teh Yeti or “Big Thing” is animal-like. Quadruped and biped, it’s shoulders slope down to a powerful chest. Three times the size of a barefooted man, the animal now  identified as the Himalayan Brown bear, has clawed footprints that double on top of one another, giving the illusion of a large single print.
  • Meh-teh Yeti or “Man-sized Thing” is stocky and ape-like in shape with arms like anthropoid apes which reach down to their knees. The shape of the head is conical with a pointed crown. It has no tail.
  • Teh-lma Yeti or “Little Thing.” This is the smallest of all the Yeti’s, they have hunched shoulders and a pointy head that slopes back from the forehead, and it’s facial features are more human-like than the other two. The-lma has been found in the tropical valleys of Nepal and Sikkim in the Himalayas.

There is so much more to say about the Yeti. This is only a fraction of the information out there. Check out Mysterious Universe if you’d like to read more. They have several great articles by some well-researched cryptozoologists.

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