Abominable Snowman
The Abominable Snowman: What is it?
Here's the story behind the legend of the Abominable Snowman creature.

A legend of Tibet, the Abominable Snowman is the name given to the snow man of the
mountain by Henry Newman back in 1921 while writing an article about the sighting of this
legendary monster.
Abominable Snowman Scalp
Also known as the Yeti, The Abominable Snowman is said to
live in the frigid, Himalayan mountains, being approximately
7-10 feet tall, and are known to have a strong pungent odor.  
One could easily consider that the Abominable Snowman is
the same creature described elsewhere in the world and
known in North American by names such as Bigfoot and
Sasquatch.
Above: The Abominable Snowman
scalp in case.

Left: "In Search Of " Abominable
Snowman documentary part 1.

Being an ape-like cryptid, the
Abominable Snowman is also
called the
Meh-teh by people
of the region.  Stories about
the Abominable Snowman are
well known within local lore and
history.  Though the legends
of the Abominable Snowman
have existed for centuries,
Western culture was not aware
of the creatures until the latter
1800s.  The Abominable
Snowman's existence has not
yet been proven, though a
scalp is said to exist at
Khumjung monastery.
Often confused with a bear, the name Meh-teh means "man-bear" and is an accurate description of
the Abominable Snowman.  Other translations of local names for the animal mean "wild man."  
Sherpa guides described the Abominable Snowman to Charles Howard-Bury in 1921 after they had
come upon tracks in the snow.  The Sherpa called the creature that made the tracks that looked like
that of a rather large, barefoot man, the "Wild Man of the Snows."
Abominable Snowman hand
In 1832, B. H. Hodgson's guides witnessed a large, upright creature
with long hair in northern Nepal.  Hodgson did not see the beast, but
surmised it to be an orangutan.  Could this sighting have been the
Abominable Snowman?  Footprints were discovered by Laurence
Waddell in 1889,  but he mistook them for being that of a bear,
despite his guide's description of a large, ape-like creature.  The
Abominable Snowman was also spotted in 1925 by photographer N.
A. Tombazi.  He described the creature as walking upright like a
human, dark in color, and wore no clothes, according to his
description from 2-300 yards away.  The footprints looked human
however, and were only 6-7 inches long and 4 inches wide.

Left:
The Pangboche Hand that was allegedly smuggled out of India by James
Stewart, the actor.
By 1951, Eric Shipton photographed Abominable Snowman footprints
in the snow while climbing Mount Everest.  His photographs of the
Abominable Snowman footprints are considered to be some of the
best evidence to date of the creatures existence.  Over the next
couple years, others would also find Abominable Snowman tracks and
photograph them.  By 1959, the supposed feces of an Abominable
Snowman were collected during an expedition.  Jimmy Stewart, the
actor, also allegedly smuggled the
Pangboche Hand out of India to
London in another bizarre story. The Hand was originally stolen from
Tibetan monks.  Scientific tests performed on both the hand and
scalp have proved to be inconclusive.
Abominable Snowman footprint
There have been a few sightings over the last three decades, but to this date, the proof of the
existence of the Abominable Snowman has yet to be found.  Still, the creature has captured the
imagination of many.  Disney's Animal Kingdom plays off of the legend of the Abominable Snowman.  The theme park ride
features artifacts from supposed expeditions up Mount Everest to find the animal.  You'll have no trouble finding the legendary
Abominable Snowman on your own journey at
Expedition Everest.
Left:
In Search Of documentary videos part 2 and 3 about the
Abominable Snowman.



Below:
Sherpas guiding a Japanese Everest expedition are
awakened by the Abominable Snowman entering their
tent.  Image from an old magazine cover.
Abominable Snowman legend
Left:
Abominable Snowman
posters and pictures
that can be purchased.

Also see:
Siberian Snowman
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