11. The Yeti
- Tibetian Mythology
Also called the Abominable Snowman, stories revolving about the Yeti go back several centuries. The creature is said to have lived in the Himalayan Mountains. It comes from the Pre-Buddhist world among the Himalayan people. The people here, known as the Lepcha at the time, worshipped some type of “Glacier Being.” Apparently, it was thought to be the God of the Hunt. Yet followers of the Bön Religion also believed blood from Mirgod or “wild man” was useful in various mystical ceremonies.
The creature for them was said to have resembled that of a “White Ape” that carried a large stone for a weapon. It also made a whistling-swoosh sound, which is the reasoning for why the Mountains have such a sound. It is quite likely that during the early AD period, when the Earth was a bit warmer, some great apes lived at higher altitudes. Thereby giving us the White Ape that has been referenced. Yet myths sometimes take off and take on a world of their own, especially when it concerns some of history’s top monsters.