The Abominable Snowman of the Himalayas.
In the attic of Himalayan mountains is a mystery called the Yeti . Known as "the rock living animal" (Yah means rock and teh means animal) in Sherpa, and popularly known as "the abominable snowman" in the west. It is a supernatural enigma in the shape of a hairy biped ape like creature. The sightings of Yeti have been reported since the late 1800s.
In 1889, a British army major named L. A. Waddell found large footprints in the snow in northeastern Himalayas
The first well known and documented sighting of a phenomenon attributed to the Yeti was the discovery of naked foot prints in the snows of mount everest at 21,000 ft in 1921. Colonel C.K Howard Bury was leading an expedition to the Everest when he saw the prints. The porters reported that they belonged to the 'Metoh-Kangmi'. ' Kang ' means snow,' Mi ' means man and
' Metoh' translates to something disgusting in the Tibetan dialect. Thus, ' the abominable snowman ' was born.
In 1925, an expedition led by a Greek photographer N. A. Tombazi noticed a human-like creature about 300 yards away. The creature disappeared before Tombazi could take a picture.
Captain d'Auvergue, the curator of the Victoria Memorial in Calcutta, India, reported an encounter of the Yeti in 1938. He was snow-blinded while travelling in the Himalayas. He was rescued by what he thought to be a nine foot tall Yeti that nursed him before he could return by himself.
Several expeditions were mobilized to search for this elusive creature which was thought to be a huge ape-like animal. One of the expeditions included that of Sir Edmund Hillary, the first person to summit Mount Everest. His expedition of 1960-1961 did not find any evidence of Yeti's existence.
|Some of the best tracks ever seen were found and photographed by British mountaineers Eric Shipton and Michael Ward in 1951. Each footprint were thirteen to eighteen inches long, The picture on the right, was published in the UK Times on December 6, 1951, was taken by this expedition team.
The Sherpas living in the high Himalayas believe in the existence of the Yeti. They say that the Yeti can make itself invisible and appear at will,
it is also believed that the Yeti is a peaceful, friendly creature. Yet, tends to shy away from inhabitated areas.
Nobody has yet encountered the Yeti face to face. Various incidents reported by several expedition teams have left the mystery of Yeti more than just a fairy tale.
Now, the question arises, Is the Yeti just an imaginary creature created by the explorers just to earn fame? or does the Yeti really exist?
There is no concrete evidence to prove the existence of the Yeti, but also one cannot discard its existence either.
The existence of Yeti remains inconclusive to this day. It will be for a long time to come for men to prove it's existence.