Mythical Monday: Cryptozoology and the Yeti, by Mae Clair

It’s Mythical Monday! As I write this post, it’s a brisk Sunday afternoon but, by the time it publishes, my area will likely be in the midst of a snowstorm. Yes, a snowstorm. On the 25th day of March, when temperatures should be in the mid-50 range, the forecast is for 2 to 5 inches of snow, possibly more in some areas. Mother Nature clearly didn’t get the message to “spring forward” with the rest of us.

As a result, for today’s Mythical Monday, I dug up the “cold facts” on a creature who is fond of ice and snow—the Yeti, also known as the Abominable Snowman. You probably remember the lumbering beast Bumble from Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer who lost his vicious bite when Hermie the elf removed his teeth. Poor guy. Fortunately, he was a softie at heart and ended up putting the star on Santa’s Christmas tree.

But the real Abominable is an enormous ape-like creature residing in the harsh terrain of the Himalaya Mountains. Yeti communicate by a series of whistling sounds and shrieks. Because of their size and backward pointing feet their capacity for speed is limited, but what they lack in agility they more than make up in strength. These ginormous, muscular creatures are able to hurl large boulders which they use as a defense (not that I imagine they have many predators!).

Like Bigfoot, the Yeti is one of the most popular creatures in cryptozoology, having spawned numerous expeditions. Oddly, some believe spying a Yeti brings ill fortune, illness or even death. That hasn’t stopped researchers, however, from venturing into the creature’s cold, inhospitable domain.

Sir Edmond Hillary was probably the most famous. One of the first two men to climb Mt. Everest, he later led a 1960 expedition sponsored by the World book Encyclopedia. Despite been equipped with trip-wire cameras, infrared and time lapse photography, the expedition failed to find definitive proof of the Yeti’s existence. The group returned with pelts and a scalp later identified as belonging to a rare blue bear and a serow goat.

bigstock-Sagarmatha-National-Park-Nepa-37595326One man, however, professes to owe his life to the Yeti. Captain d’Auvergue, curator of the Victoria Memorial in Calcutta, India experienced a bout of snow blindness while traversing the Himalayas alone in 1938. Suffering from exposure and on the brink of death, d’Auvergue claimed he was nursed back to health by a yeti.

Still the debate rages on. As with most famed creatures of cryptozoology—the Loch Ness Monster, Sasquatch, and the Colossal Squid (not to be confused with the Giant Squid)—the Yeti continues to inspire new research, dispute and speculation. I certainly don’t expect to see an Abominable in the 2 to 5 inches of snow forecast for my area, but on this cold and blustery Monday, the Yeti seemed a fitting mythical choice.

What is your favorite creature from cryptozoology or myth?

21 thoughts on “Mythical Monday: Cryptozoology and the Yeti, by Mae Clair

  1. Snowing? Brrrr,,,, do keep warm!

    I’m kind of partial to the griffin… I love the fact that this lion/eagle creature has but one love throughout its life and beyond. And of course, the courage of this creature is legendary… Yep, I think I’d like to make friends with a griffin…

    Nice post Mae!


    • Griffins! Oooh, I’m going to have to do a post on them in the future. I had no idea they had one love throughout life and beyond. Reading that gave me chills. Thanks for sharing, Debbie–and for the great idea! 🙂


  2. I’m bundling up just thinking about your snow and wishing we had some here in my area. I could use a day off. LOL! Nice post Mae.


    • Yep, it’s been snowing since around 5AM. It’s laying on the ground but the streets are just sloppy and wet. The only good thing about snow in March is that it usually melts quickly. Glad you enjoyed the post, Alicia!


  3. So sorry about the snow storm. It hit us, in the west, last week. Still a bit more on the way too. One of the mythical creature that abound here the west is the Jackalope. A cross between a jack rabbit and antelope. You can find stuff specimens in tourist trap stores, courtesy of a clever taxidermist. Stay warm, Mae.


    • I remember reading about the Jackalope. When I was a kid, I thought they were real….although, hmmm…perhaps they’re shy like Bigfoot and the Yeti 🙂 I’m sure I probably saw one of those stuffed specimens when I was in Arizona years ago.

      Sorry to hear you’ve been hit with the white stuff too, Stanalei. This is the kind of day that makes you want to curl up with a good book and stay indoors!


  4. All I can remember is that goofy smile on the Rudolph abominable snowman lol. I think my fave is Bigfoot. At least he’s the one I’ve used the most for ghost stories on camping trips. He’s real, I just know it!


    • I remember that goofy smile from Bumble in Rudolph. And then he puts his hands in his mouth and you see those blue gums, LOL.

      And if you ever come across a Bigfoot on one of those camping trips, I want pictures for a Mythical Monday post!! You’re definitely braver than me out there in the woods, camping with Sasquatch lurking nearby! 😉


  5. LOL Jackalope – that was a prompt on my weekly blog a while ago. And I never heard of that long word you used in your post. Luckily no snow storm for us, though it’s not unusual for March.


    • Jackalope must be kismet, Sue. Heck, maybe I need to do a Mythical Monday post about the critter, LOL.

      Glad you don’t have any snow where you are. Most of ours has melted already but the weather is still being described as cold, dismal and bleak. Yech!

      BTW, not sure what word you mean from the post. Crytozoology? It’s a branch of science (not really recognized) devoted to the study of animals that have not been proven to exist, but through sightings etc., are rumored to exist (Loch Ness, Bigfoot, the Yeti, etc). The creatures are called cryptids.


  6. We’re having crazy weather here too. Parts of Northern Ireland are covered in snow. I’m down at the very south of Ireland so we’ve had none yet, but it looks like it’s on the way. First time in 50 years or so there’s been snow in March here – very weird.

    I don’t know much about the Yeti – thanks for keeping me informed. I like the idea of Bigfoot being alive and well. 😉 Serena Dracis did a post on Bigfoot a couple of months ago that fascinated me. Some researchers in the US are claiming they found evidence but the paper has to be submitted for approval.


    • Wow! The first time in 50 years? That’s amazing! By the way, a co-worker returned from a trip to Ireland last week–her first visit. She’s of Irish descent and couldn’t stop raving about the hospitality of the people. She made me want to visit! 🙂

      Interesting about Bigfoot. I know there have been several sightings and documentation that received a lot of attention and scrunity, but I wasn’t aware of any recent ones. It will be fascinating to see how that ends up!


      • I’m glad she enjoyed herself. I’m always a little afraid Ireland won’t live up to people’s expectations of the Emerald Isle 🙂 We’re more New York these days than the Ireland of lore!

        Imagine if a species like that had managed to keep itself secret? That would be very cool.


  7. Sorry about the snow, Mae. The world’s seasons are all out of kilter. We should be in Autumn, but it still feels like the peak of summer Down Under.

    I loved the mention of New Zealander Sir Edmond Hillary. He’s one of our country’s greatest explorers. He only passed away a couple of years ago and he contributed so much, both here and abroad. Both his sons are mountaineers, and continue to see to his foundations which provide supplies for hundreds of schools in Nepal. He may have been the first to conquer Mt Everest, but his work on conquering poverty in the most isolated regions of our world continues to this day.

    I wish he’d found a Yeti. That would have been way cool.


    • HI, Joanne. It seems so weird to think you’re at your peak of summer when I’m sitting here with heat on and winter clothes. Sounds like you could use a little less heat and I could use a little less cold!

      I found some amazing things on Sir Edmond Hillary when searching for info on the Yeti. He definitely sounded like an amazing man and I can see why he would be such a national hero in New Zealand. The world could deffinitely use more people like him.

      Thanks for dropping by. It’s always a pleasure to see you here!


  8. I’m laughing about the Colossal Squid, which of course should not be confused with the Giant Squid. LOL Or Squidward. 🙂 Since I hate cold weather, I doubt I’ll come across a Yeti any time soon, thank goodness. Although I think we’re supposed to have some more snow tonight. *sigh* And I know how late it can snow here. When I moved to New England from the Seattle area, I had to delay my flight by one day — because of the two feet of snow that fell out here, on April 1st. LOL


    • Ack! Two feet of snow on April 1st? Okay, I definitely don’t remember snow in April, so you’ve got me beat. Considering neither of us are fond of the cold, it’s a win I’m happy to concede, LOL. We’ve got some more snow in the forecast tonight too, but it’s minimal. Hopefully, we can both enjoy some warmer temperatures soon!

      BTW, I loved the Squidward reference. Thanks for comment and the grin! 😀


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