BIGFOOT: A Brief History

Sasquatch has many monikers. It’s easy to interchange Bigfoot, Yeti, Sasquatch, or even the Abominable Snowman in some places around the globe. In The Tethered World we learn they are really trolls. Yes, trolls! Those nasty, mean creatures of folklore.

No matter what they’re called, the reader has the same mental image: BIG and HAIRY. The neanderthal-type legend seems to be one of the more modern-day myths that still makes headlines, with organizations dedicated to tracking one of these big apes down.

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Photo by Pat McCauley

But IS Sasquatch a myth? After all, one doesn’t find too many news stories about people running across fairies…at least not with such frequency.

In actuality, this furry giant has been around for quite some time. In the Himalayan mountains of Tibet, where the Yeti is also called the Abominable Snowman, the legend of a “wild man of the mountains” predates the religion of Buddhism.

20TH CENTURY SASQUATCH

We can thank J.W. Burns for bringing us the term “Sasquatch” which was a mispronunciation of an Indian word in the Vancouver BC area. Burns is credited with making Sasquatch known worldwide due to the many interviews he conducted among the Chehalis Indians with whom he worked and publishing what he learned in the local paper. British Columbian encounters and sightings of footprints have been circulating for over 100 years.

Generally, the Pacific Northwest is where most sightings have taken place. The Indians also used terms such as “Hairy Giants,” “Wild Ones,” and “Forest Fathers” to describe the creatures they claimed lived far up in the mountains.

Those of us in the United States know the large, furry creature simply as “Bigfoot!”

Nephilim? Exciting Excavations!

I just came across these AMAZING photos (thank you Pinterest) showing various archeological excavations of GIANTS! I don’t mean extremely tall people. I’m not talking about basketball player stature either. These are unbelievable, jaw-dropping giants. Could they have been the Nephilim mentioned in Genesis six? Oh, if only these skeletons could talk (okay, maybe not. That would be creepy).

But, hey, a picture IS worth a thousand words, so I hope you’ll check out this link and be properly blown away!

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Do you think people of this size really existed? Could these photos be fake? Snopes seems to think so.

Raccoon Dogs. For Real.

Just when you think you’ve seen it all–in my line of work, I can say that and mean it–along comes a new species of animal. New to me, anyway. Meet Tanu, the Tanuki. Also known as a “Raccoon Dog.”

When I first came across this article, I was waiting to get to the part which proclaimed Tanu as an internet hoax, courtesy of Photoshop. Instead, I learned that these animals do, indeed, exist. They sound rather dog-like…except for the fact that they can CLIMB TREES! Yep.

I guess God likes to display His sense of humor with certain species! Take a look and tell me what you think…would you like to have one of these for a pet?

Click here to read the article from CNN.

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Bigfoot: 2015 in Review

Here’s a handy mash up of the top Bigfoot sightings for 2015. May need to zip up to Alert Island in BC this summer and do some investigating of my own. Shout out to fellow Sasquatch Researcher, John Bindernagel. Looks like (or at least sounds like) there are definitely some leads worth investigating.

Lousy Little Leprechauns

What’s the big deal about the little Leprechaun? No, not the one on your cereal box. The legendary leprechaun that guards his gold at the end of the rainbow. The one that will, supposedly, grant you three wishes in exchange for his freedom—if you’re quick enough to snag one and make him your prisoner.leprechaun

Leprechauns have a long history in folklore. They haven’t always been cute little bearded men, either. Early Irish legends had some pretty menacing characters as leprechauns. It would seem that the Irish would’ve been barefoot if not for the the leprechaun’s shoe making skills. Besides being famous as cobblers and for hoarding gold, they also had a reputation for drinking and deceiving. They were narcissistic tricksters that only looked out for themselves, at everyone else’s expense.

Here’s a link to a short history of leprechaun lore. One thing is certain, if you happen to be lucky enough to meet one of these fellows, watch your back! Leprechauns cannot be trusted.