Yeti: real or fake?

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Yeti: real or fake?

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The Abominable Snowman, also referred to as the Yeti, is a mythical creature that’s said to roam the Himalayan Mountains. It’s described as having ape-like features with white hair covering its body, standing at six feet tall, and resembling a human’s stance. 

The Yeti originated from pre-Buddhism, as Lepcha people praised the Abominable Snowman to be God of the Hunt. Over time, more of the world became familiar with the beast. In 1921, Lieutenant Bury discovered tracks on his Mt. Everest expedition, nickmaning whatever creature left the prints “Abominable.” A few years later in 1951, photographer Eric Shipton took a picture of a Yeti’s footprints on his trek on Mt. Everest, which sparked the movie The Snow Creature.

Evidence of the Abominable Snowman is backed up by local encounters and stories from climbers. The most recent proof to support that the Abominable Snowman is real comes from India’s army.

Possible rendering of the abominable snowman. Illustration by Kalyn Giesecke

During a mountain mission, the army took pictures of footprints measuring 32×15 inches near Makalu Base Camp, which is in close proximity to Mt. Everest. Scientists haven’t ruled out that the prints belong to the Abominable Snowman, which means that the theory of them being real could be true. 

The reason people believe in mythical creatures, like the Abominable Snowman, is because they want to have something in their life with mystery. The mysteriousness symbolizes the unknown in the world and the feeling of discovery that comes along with it.