Abominable Snowman by Major Herold William
Abominable Snowman is written by Major Harold Bil Tilman (1898-1999). He was a British mountain explorer and battler in the first World War. He came to India in 1934. He volunteered for service in the Second World War.
There are several mysteries that cover many phenomena in the world. You might have read or heard about UFO ( unidentified flying object) and Bermuda Triangle which are enveloped with several mysteries. In this lesson, the writer attempts to unravel the mystery about Abominable Snowman.
What is The Yeti or Abominable Snowman?
It is a huge, hairy apelike creature that walks around on two legs high in the mountains of the Himalayas. It is waiting to attack unsuspecting climbers. It is on the prowl for a meal of flesh. Who and what is this horrible beast? It is waiting to attack unsuspecting climbers.
It is a massive, hairy apelike creature that walks about on two legs high in the Himalayan mountains. It is waiting to attack unsuspecting climbers. It is on the prowl for a fleshy meal. Who and what is that awful beast? This is none other than the Abominable Snowman.
There is no proof or evidence that the Abominable Snowman also known as the Yeti is a living creature in fact. There are still rumours despite the lack of evidence. People still claim to have sighted the shy and elusive creature. They say they have seen their footprints. They claim to have pieces of their skin and portions of their scalp.
Every piece of evidence over the years has proven to be false. One Yeti skin was the hide of a rare Himalayan bear that wasn’t recognised by villagers. The Yeti scalp was of a rare goat-antelope from the Himalayas. A blurry image of the creature climbing a mountain turned out to be nothing more than a rock sticking out of snow. Assumed footprints of Yeti appeared to be nothing more than semi-melted bear tracks.
The truth is that the Abominable Snowman is very unlikely to exist, or that such a thing ever existed. It most likely sprang from the folktales told to the children of this a long time ago. The Yeti came down from the mountains in those tales to carry away kids who had disobeyed their parents.
Summary of Abominable Snowman
In this chapter, the author attempts to unravel the mystery of the Abominable Snowman. In 1921, Colonel Howard Bury, who was the leader of the first Mount Everest party, noticed the footprints which resembling those of a human being on the Lakhpa La, a 22,000-foot pass northeast of the peak. To him, his porters’ belief that the tracks were made by wild snowmen was absurd.
He thinks science embraces all the speculations and the scientist traces on that basis to add something new to that expertise. If fingerprints can determine a man’s destiny, why can’t one’s life be determined by footprints? So, the writer continues his attempt to find out the facts behind the abominable snowman. Mr Henry Newman enquired the porters and got a complete summary of the wild men called Metch Kangmi. Kangmi means snowmen and Metch as Newman happily translates abominable.
Mr Newman believed the tracks were made by men who were either outlaws or ascetics struggling to acquire magical powers by cutting themselves off from humanity and refusing to wash. The abominable snowman has stayed a mystery for a long period. In 1936, while travelling the upper Saiween, Mr Ronald Kaulbacle reported having seen five sets of tracks at 16,000 feet that looked exactly as if made by a barefooted man. Different views and theories contradicted the report but he confirmed he discovered no monkey or langur in the region.
He did not, however, dismiss the idea of giant panda and snow bear. In an article in The Times, Mr Smythe explained how he and his Sherpa porters found the imprints of a giant foot, apparently of a biped, in Garhwal in the central Himalayas, at 6.50 feet. Photographs and measurements were taken and the Sherpas were persuaded to sign a statement that the tracks were those of a Metch Kangmi to clinch matters. The prints were sent to the zoological experts later, and they declared them to be the prints of bears.
In nutshell, any tracks then or afterwards seen in the high snows could be ascribed safely to bears and nothing else which is of course nonsense. In 1938, too, the author saw tracks that could not be explained by shouting bear as much as those seen by Kaulback, Eleauman, Bhale and others. The author was in Sikkim and in 19,000 feel travel between Kanchenjunga and Simbu, he was crossing the Gemu saps with two Sherpas. He was told that Brigadier John Hunt had made the last visit to those parts.
There is a distinction between tracks witnessed by Hunt and by the writer. The writer has finally come up with his last and more important evidence found by A.N. Tombazi who studied footprints that were similar to a man’s but only six to seven inches long in case. Five-toe and instep marks were visible but signs of heel unclear. The prints were definitely biped ones.
Mountaineering provides sustenance for local people. They are getting new jobs and exposure. They will make their business prosper. Mountaineering, however, impacts the local eco-system in some ways. Due to the rush of people from outside areas, they change the facets of people’s natural life.
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