A new chapter was written in the legend of the Yeti on Monday after the Indian Army claimed it had discovered fresh “mysterious footprints” of the mythical creature. The two-legged white, shaggy ape-like animal, described to be 10-20 feet tall, has a very definitive appearance despite never having been sighted and no real evidence of it.
As the tale goes, the Yeti or ‘Abominable Snowman’ roams the high peaks of the Himalayas in nepal and India. Similar to the legends of Big Foot or Sasquatch in North American and the Loch Ness Monster in Scotland, most of the literature on the Yeti comes from folklore.
The Sherpas, an ethnic community in Nepal, believed the creature was dangerous and coined the word Yeti, meaning ‘wild-man’. Stories of the Yeti, as they were passed from generations, were used as lessons to warn children of wild animals and against wandering away from the community. There are also reports to suggest that this fiction was created to make Sherpas stronger against the harsh weather.
Locals also refer to the Yeti as Meh-Teh (man-bear) and Kang-mi (snowman).
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The first Western documentation of the Yeti was by British explorer Charles Howard-Bury in 1921, and later by Henry Newman. Both their accounts of the creature…