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In this gloomy age of materialism, what could be more romantic than an Abominable Snowman, with an Abominable Snow-man and, not least, an Abominable Snow-baby? Yeti –or Abominable Snowmen’-large, hairy creatures like a man or bear (but bigger) with small, sharp eyes, are reported to live in the highest part of the Himalayas.

There are far more people-sightings by Yeti than there are Yeti-sightings by people’, says Ang Nima Sherpa from Theme village in the Everest region. Whenever there is new evidence about the existence about the existence of the Yeti-footprints, an alleged scalp, supposed droppings-excitement peaks but quickly dies down. The media has an enormous influence. For most people from the Himalayas, belief in the existence of the Yeti and attitudes related to it are beyond scientific judgment or analysis. The belief in the existence of the allusive creatures, including yeti-like creatures, is so widespread that it is known by different names in different regions of the Himalayas’. For instance: Yeti in  ‘tourist’ language. Yeti in China, Migoi (strong Man) or Migyu or Gredpo in Bhutan, Metoh-Kangmi or Gangs mi (Glacier Man) or Mishompo (String Man) or Hlo mung (Mountain Goblin). It is nyalmu or Ban Manche to the Nepalese,Barmanu (Big Hairy One) in the Hindu Kush of Pakistan. Outside the Himalayas it is: Almos in Mongolia, Chuchuna in Siberia, Sasqquatch or big Foot in Canada and North America, Ukuma Zupai in the Andes in South America, Yowie in Katoomba in Australia and the Long Grey Man in Scotland.

It is amazing how much has been written about them, yet know so little. We do know that we should learn to leave them alone, but would all like to know just who does leave those footprints up in the Himalayas,

The Yeti in Bhutan

It is believed that the Migoi or gredpo, better known as the Abominable Snowman, or Yeti, inhabits the high altitudes ranging probably between 3500m to well over 5000m,the same areas ae yak pastures.The Migoi is known by all accounts to be a very large biped; something as big as ‘’one –and-a-half yaks’’ or occasionally even as  ‘’big as two yaks!’’Or about 2.5m tall and has a foot some 30cm long and 15cm wide. With a nearly human, hairless face and a body totally covered with brownish/red/black hair, the Migoi is not a creature to get too close to. The head is conical, with an extra air cavity inside the skull, making him immune to high-altitude sickness. The female has enormous, dropping breasts, while the male is rather well equipped. The Bhutanese Migoi has two special features: it has the ability to turn invisible, and their feet face backwards, making it difficult for people to track them.

Unlike other wild creatures the Migoi is apparently not afraid of fire,  Infact it is often attracted to it and approaches it seeking warmth. Apparently the Migoi manifests a peculiar eating habit in that it grasps its food in its hands and eats only what protrudes on either side od its fists.’(Kunzang Choden).

They like eating chocolate and garlic, and are particularly fond of a wild shallot; fistfuls of discarded shallots, eaten from both ends, are a clue to their prescience. The Migoi carries a rather unpleasant stench. They seem to be extremely curious about human beings and perhaps this makes them vulnerable to human treachery, sometimes costing their lives.

The Migoi is believed to exist throughout the northern part of the country. The Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary has been set aside to protect a likely habitat;they are sighted frequently around the Rodung La, the pass between the Tang valley in Bumthang and the valley of Lhuntshi. The government of Bhutan has employed Yeti watchers.

Bhutanese Tales of the Yeti by Kunzang Choden can be highly recommended. If, for whatever reason, the Yeti is not sighted, visit the Benez bar in Thimphu where Yeti milk can be ordered: an especially tasty, strong alcoholic drink based on the famous Bhutanese rum and ginger. Availability-of course-depends on bar staff being able to collect the milk!.