In the dense forests of North America, a towering, hairy figure has captivated the imaginations and sparked debates among people for decades. Known as Bigfoot, this elusive creature stands at the crossroads of folklore, cryptozoology, and the unexplained.
From eyewitness accounts to blurry photographs, evidence of Bigfoot’s existence is as mysterious as it is compelling. But what is the truth behind these tales? Is Bigfoot a remnant of our ancient, undiscovered fauna, or merely a figment of collective imagination?
Throughout history, creatures whose existence has never been proven have always sparked debates between legend and reality, instilling fear in the hearts of people in their respective regions.
Despite thousands swearing they’ve seen these creatures, their elusive nature has kept them in the realm of legend. This section discusses the legendary creature Bigfoot. What do you think are the chances of a humanoid entity surviving in the depths of the forest?
While some believe in the Yeti, a giant, gorilla-like being particularly thought to inhabit cold climates like the Himalayas, most scientists deem its existence highly improbable based on available evidence, classifying it as a mythical creature. However, eyewitnesses suggest that there isn’t just one Yeti. It has been sighted in almost every country, known by different names.
These sightings have made the Yeti a global phenomenon, from America to the Himalayas, Europe, Azerbaijan, and even Turkey.
Other Names of Bigfoot
It’s referred to by various names like Meh-Teh (animal resembling a human), Miçe (bear man), Dzu-teh (ox bear), Migoi (wild man), Mirka (wild man), Kang Admi (snowman), among others.
Tales of half-human, half-animal creatures living in the forest are common in folklore. For centuries, these beings were thought to have existed in ancient times. Some, however, believe these creatures are entirely fictional.
The name Bigfoot was given due to the large footprints left behind, often five-toed, though prints with 2, 3, 4, and even 6 toes have been reported. These footprints resemble a human foot but are significantly larger. Testimonies from hundreds of witnesses suggest their height ranges from 1.80 to 2.50 meters. The wide sole and bone structure, resembling that of monkeys, lead to the belief that they are a type of primate.
Unraveling the Mystery: Is Bigfoot Myth or Reality?
The most compelling undiscovered evidence dates back to 1951 in the Himalayas at the Menlung Base Camp, where enormous footprints were found. The mystery of these giant footprints remains unsolved to this day.
In Turkey, especially in the Black Sea region, the creature mentioned in Evliya Çelebi’s travelogue adds another chilling detail.
During the harshest winter period, from December 22 to January 30, people in the Black Sea region take precautions against the cold and the Yeti. Yes, you heard right.
In Greek, Bulgarian, Turkish, and Anatolian folk cultures, there’s a belief in a hairy creature named Karakoncolos that appears in winters. According to legend, Karakoncolos once entered a house and injured the homeowner with a comb, leading to their death. This event became a tradition in Anatolian culture, and to this day, many villages hide their combs during this period.
To prevent it from entering homes, people leave food like pumpkin, kuymak, cabbage, and beet outside their doors. If it can’t find food and enters a house, it’s believed to eat male children or newborn calves if it enters a barn. It’s said to enjoy combing girls’ hair with a wool comb, causing them pain. Children avoid going out in the streets during winter to escape it, and wool combs are not left out at night.
Bigfoot Cases in Turkey
Especially in Şahinkaya village in Trabzon, the belief in Karakoncolos is widespread, also known in the surrounding regions of Yozgat. Villagers believe that during these months, Karakoncolos emerges from underground or the depths of caves. In Rize, it’s believed to come from the sea with the north winds. Karakoncolos is known in Turkish mythology for eating small children.
According to belief, the most feared aspect of Karakoncolos is its ability to mimic voices. At night, it may call you outside by imitating the voice of someone you know. If you respond or step outside, it takes you; if you don’t, you might be found frozen on the street in the morning. This belief is so ingrained in Anatolian culture that in Kırşehir, there’s even a tradition where young people dress up in bear skins and visit homes.
How have Bigfoots managed to live without ever being captured?
How have Bigfoots managed to live without ever being captured? Have they ever been caught? There is a claim about the capture of a Bigfoot-like creature. In 1870, in a region between Georgia and Russia, specifically in the Caucasus Mountains, a very unusual-looking woman was reportedly captured. She wasn’t an ordinary human. She was incredibly strong, athletic, and fast, covered in hair all over her body, and her behaviors were like that of a wild animal. Bryan Sykes from Oxford University suggested that this woman, captured in 1870, could be a Bigfoot. She was discovered by a local trader who arranged for a group of hunters to capture her, and she was caught in a trap. She was then taken to a nobleman’s estate on a boat and held captive there. They named her Zana. She could neither speak nor understand spoken language.
Zana, who was held captive until her death in 1890, reportedly refused to wear clothes like humans throughout her life. According to the stories, she was covered in hair, stood 1.98 meters tall, and was very muscular. She had four children with men from the region, long after she was captured. The whereabouts of Zana’s remains after her death in 1890 are unknown. However, descendants from her lineage are still reportedly alive.
Evliya Çelebi – Seyahatname
Evliya Çelebi in his travelogue ‘Seyahatname‘ also mentions rich Karakoncolos stories he encountered in Istanbul, Bulgaria, and the Caucasus. According to Evliya Çelebi, there are 17 talismans of Istanbul, one of which is the Karakoncolos that appear during the Zemheri months.
In 2021, Oklahoma state Republican representative Justin Humphrey introduced House Bill 1648, calling for the capture of the Bigfoot believed to live in the forests of North America. The primary rule of the law was to capture Bigfoot without harming it, and a reward of 2.1 million dollars was set for anyone who could achieve this. However, so far, no one has claimed this reward.
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