The Abominable Snowman

What's another name for the mythological creature in the Himalayas known as the Abominable Snowman?

And the answer: Yeti.    

Known as the Tibetan Yeti, or the Abominable Snowman, this large hairy apelike creature is said to live in the Himalayan mountains, near the level of the snow line. Yeti is a Sherpa word for "wild man."

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Whether he's called the Yeti or Abominable Snowman, the lore of this Tibetan mountain creature dates back centuries. In Himalayan myths, the Yeti is a figure of danger who roams the mountains, looking for wayward travelers. In most myths, the moral serves as a reminder to stay close to the community and respect wild creatures.

Even though he's said to be just 6 feet tall (shrimpy, compared to the American Bigfoot), the figure of the Yeti has grown larger than life in popular culture. He earned his Abominable name in the early 20th century, when a group of Mt. Everest explorers returned with stories of large footprints in the snow. Their guide explained the prints had come from "metoh-kangmi," translating roughly to "man-bear snow-man." However, journalist Harry Newman interpreted the phrase as to mean "filthy." Since "Filthy Snowman" doesn't quite have the same ring to it, the Abominable Snowman was born.

Throughout history, other Mt. Everest travelers have reported sightings of a large humanoid creature covered in fur, or claimed to see large footprints decorating high footpaths. While the Yeti has never been confirmed to exist, some have dedicated their lives to proving its existence. Learn more about efforts to prove the life of the Abominable Snowman here.


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