Why Bhutanese believe the Yeti still exists

Most Bhutanese would pray that they don’t cross paths with it

Aug 09, 2020

Most Bhutanese would pray that they don’t cross paths with it. We believe that if we do, then we will not live to tell the tale. However, in the rare chance encounter, the first thing any Bhutanese would do is determine its gender and then accordingly make an exit plan. If it’s male, we will run uphill as it is believed that the yeti would likely trip on its own long hair allowing us to escape. If it’s a female, we will run downhill as they are believed to  have sagging breasts and will be busy picking them up giving you a chase to escape.

Why do we believe that Yeti exists?

There are multiple reasons why we believe the yeti exists.  The first reason is the arrogance of the human race to think we know everything. To support the case, until 1905, the west thought our national animal Takin was the golden ram or a unicorn; both mythical creatures. Similarly, till a British Botanist Betty Sherriff saw a Blue Poppy in 1932 in Bhutan, our national flower was considered as a mythical flower.

The second reason is that 72 % of our land is under forest cover with 51% of this protected as park lands. The area of Singapore is 719.9km². We have designated a bigger area than the entire country of Singapore as the Migyo Park. The Sakteng Wild Life Sanctuary in North East Bhutan is 750km². If we are not serious about the existence of the yeti, why would we make such a big sacrifice.

Discussion includes the possibility that there exists a yet undiscovered hominoid species. The humans which inhabit the world, have labelled themselves as Homo sapiens. We believe that the species now remain the only members of the genus Homo that has not become extinct. There were other types of the genus Homo, whose evolution was distinct from ours in more than just our slight deviation in height and our range of skin colour. The best example would be Homo floresiensis (“Flores Man”) whose standard adults would be considered dwarves or hobbits due to their short stature. It is thought they evolved this way due to the lack of food resources on the isolated island of Flores where they lived.

Homo floresiensis is an extinct species in the genus Homo. The remains of an individual that would have stood about 1.1m in height were discovered in 2003 at Liang Bua on the island of Flores in Indonesia. Homo floresiensis is well known and died out only around 60,000 years ago, which is not that long ago in geological time. Might the Yeti be a branch of the Homo family, which has not become extinct?


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