Every corner of the world has its own legends, its regional folklore. Here in Brazil there is no shortage of characters in this catalog, from Saci Pererê to Curupira. But when crossing borders one must be aware that the mystical creatures will be different. As in Ireland you will hear about goblins and in Australia … well, there we don’t need to remember folklore since it already has scary real animals. But there is a mystical being who, despite being part of the culture of the United States and Canada, is spoken by people all over the world. Bigfoot is so controversial that some people believe in its existence.
Bigfoot – to facilitate your mental visualization – is a bipedal monkey that can reach more than 30 meters, depending on which region you are in. Talking about this monster is a favorite sport among many people. Some scientists seek the evidence to confirm their arguments that they do exist, while photographers stand in front of forests waiting for one to pass. That was why I didn’t talk about the thousand theories and stories about Big Feet that you can find on the internet – including one here . The truth is that we missed talking about Bigfoot, so we listed 7 curiosities about it.
1 – He was a belief of the North American Indians
A large, furry creature that walks on two feet and looks like a hybrid of ape with man perpetuates American culture long before many people believe. This Bigfoot profile can also be found described in the mythology of numerous North American indigenous peoples. Each tribe had its opinion of the creature, however, almost none of them saw it as a monstrous, aggressive or evil being . On the contrary, after all in the tribes he was seen as a gentle and protective guardian of the land.
2 – Bigfoot against the colonizers
In 1960, many Europeans who disembarked in North America “experienced” their own encounters with Bigfoot. Some of these settlers documented these experiences almost never mentioned. The most popular writing is by the French navigator Samuel de Champlain, who described a “scary monster, which the savages call Gougou”. In spite of calling her a huge and feminine beast that devoured human beings, when reading the writing today we realize that he was vague enough, and could be the creature described even the Monster of the Pantano .
It is noted that the more the New World was being colonized, the more reports about the Bigfoot were being reported over time.
3 – The attack of the Big foot in the Ape Canyon, in 1924
During a summer night in 1924, five miners reportedly decided to return to the cabin in Ape Canyon, USA, in the late afternoon. As they lay down to sleep, they began to hear the screams of a group of Bigfoots, who were also throwing stones and sticks at the huts. According to the story, it happened all night. As much as the night seemed quite scary, there is no hard evidence. Anyone who says they were just noisy teenagers .
4 – The footprints found
According to reports, the sightings of Pé Grande started with the North American natives and never stopped, reaching the 20th century (as the case reported in the previous topic). If in the 1940s there were reports of animal footprints, it was in the 1950s that some workers found a series of giant footprints, 16 inches long, submerged in their still damp, newly built roads. Less than a week later, they claimed to see a Bigfoot in the region. About 15 employees described it, however, the company was accused of lying to create a buzz. To the charge, the owner replied, “Who knows someone foolish enough to ruin their own business?” This case made the myth grow even more .
5 – Pé Grande enters pop culture
Since Patterson-Gimlin’s first possible filming of Pé Grande in the 1970s – see here – he has entered the popular imagination and also into pop culture. Whether it is true or not, special series about him have been made since then, as well as magazines and almanacs. In other words, the image of Bigfoot was explored to the fullest. In addition, even after many reports, even more apparitions, photos and footprints of the Bigfoot have intensified. He was the subject of series, films , books, inspiration for other characters and everything else you can imagine.
6 – DNA and proof
The more technology and information we have, the more the evidence in favor of Bigfoot seems strange. In 2012, a veterinarian named Melba S. Ketchum said that after analyzing 100 genetic samples, he had evidence of the existence of Bigfoot, in addition to claiming to have discovered the animal’s ancestors. He even asked the American government to recognize Bigfoot as an American animal. The party did not last long, since after many analyzes, other scientists found holes in that study.
7 – Other versions of Bigfoot around the World
If you look closely, more legends of furry and large animals are common in various corners of planet Earth. A creature that is so similar to humans, yet so wild and free, awakens our imagination. There are other versions like Nepal’s Yeti, Indonesia’s Orang Pendek and Australian Yowie. Perhaps the man sees in the Big Foot an ideal of the past, like an Adam, however, he is hardly a legend. But if your heart screams for the Big Foot, it doesn’t hurt to believe a little.