For many, these mysterious creatures are considered to be shy and elusive but others describe them as capable of abducting and assaulting humans.
Different Cultures - Different Depictions
Harry and the Hendersons ends on a feel-good note, with Harry returned to the forest, and it is implied by the appearance of several other creatures that Harry was part of a Bigfoot family. The film was a modest box-office success, but has gained a cult following over the years. It was followed by a sitcom which ran for three years - in the TV show Harry is adopted by the Hendersons, leading to 72 half-hour episodes of comedic hi-jinks.
In the film and sitcom, Harry is portrayed to be gentle, lovable and affectionate, and like a pet. However, this fictionalised character of Harry might be the complete opposite of the real Bigfoot species, if there are, indeed, real Sasquatches.
In more recent times, creatures like these have been considered responsible for killing livestock and family pets. The Yowie in Australia has been reported since the 1870's to have attacked domestic animals on properties, although many consider them attacks by dingoes.
However, many cultures and groups paint a different, similar picture to their local wildmen species. In some areas the creatures are considered benevolent, plant-eating beings who prefer to stay away from men, preferring to stay close to suspected small colonies of their own kind and conversing in a language similar to Mandarin. The Orang Pendek, a smaller version of Bigfoot that is said to inhabit rainforests in Sumatra, is said to be highly intelligent yet fearful of Men, preferring to hide and watch humans from bushes and foliage. Other similar creatures in Asia also are said to be wary of humans, seeing us as aggressive and destructive.
Not much is known about him, however video footage does apparently exist of him before his death, and sceptics cite he was born with a nuerodevelopmental disorder called microcephaly (small brain) that is characterised by abnormal head growth, poor brain function and a short life expectancy. These sceptics go on to claim that the mother made the Yeren story up, ashamed of having a retarded baby. However,there are no cases of microcephaly where the sufferer was tall.
What are we to make of this?
In the next instalment, we will look at the Yeti, a similar creature said to inhabit the Himalayas.
What are your thoughts:are these creatures (if they exist) benevolent?
Or in some cases have sinister motives towards humans?
Find part three here: http://www.theparanormalguide.com/blog/bigfoot-the-yeti-and-other-cryptid-wildmen-part-three
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Matty resides in the Riverland, South Australia, a place with a few mysteries of its own...
You can find more about Matty and his research at 'Marvels and the Macabre with Matty'