- bipedal entities said to be taller than a human, covered in thick hair and in most reports having a strange odour.
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In fact tales of giant "wildmen" have been told for centuries throughout many different cultures and civilisations on every continent apart from Antarctica. While some are regarded as god-like creatures - said to have supernatural abilities and being of a benevolent nature toward humans - others are said to be capable of great mischief and evil. Many tribes believe these creatures are culprits of child abductions and murder if angered.
From casts being made of alleged large footprints left behind from these creatures, to amateur videos being posted on the Internet of people recording said creatures on film, evidence exists that in many cases hoaxes have been, and continue to be,perpetrated by fame-seeking individuals wishing to capitalise on these stories. In 1967, two men shot on film at Bluff Creek, California, footage showing what seems to be a Bigfoot walking away from them. The footage, nearly a minute long, has for years been the subject of speculation and investigation, many scientists regarding it as a hoax. We will examine this story in another part.
There are a few rare stories of bizarre encounters with these beings that allude to them perhaps being curious of humans, and maybe having a malevolent nature. In one such story a young Native American girl by the name of Seraphine Long was reportedly abducted by a young male Bigfoot near Harrison Lake, British Columbia, in 1871. Carried into dense and remote forest she after some time returned to her tribe, claiming a family of these creatures had held her captive for at least a year before being allowed to return home. She was quite ill when she returned, and it was claimed she became pregnant to her abductor, the baby said to have died a few days after birth.
There are other accounts of people being abducted by these "wildmen", but is there any truth to them?
In the next part, we will look at how these creatures have been perceived in history by many cultures and examine whether they are evil beings.
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Matty resides in the Riverland, South Australia, a place with a few mysteries of its own...
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