legend of bigfoot

feenybee  asked:

Have you ever considered how kinda unrealistic the whole "humans trapped ALL the monsters underground" thing is? Like, the earth is kinda big, with multiple continents separated by massive bodies of water. And yet we're supposed to believe that ALL the monsters from all over the world got sent to one spot, Mt Ebott, to be trapped under? Even if the monster population was ridiculously small compared to humans, this still doesn't make a lot of sense.

I always figured that the ones not trapped Underground were hunted down by humans. Once it became clear that the monsters wouldn’t win the war, it was either be sealed together under the mountain, or face extermination.

Asgore is the king of all monsters, so maybe he rallied as many as possible from around the world for the sake of the war, and then later convinced them to surrender to spare them from extinction. Most monsters listened to him, some stayed behind. 

Some survived and lived in secret, long after monsters had faded into myths. The leftover monsters are the source of the legends we have today, like Bigfoot or chupacabras. They could no longer form communities, and being found out meant almost certain death. Many who stayed behind ended up falling down due to the stress. The ones that lasted are belligerent and can handle being alone, and many of them are reclusive oddballs and poorly socialized.

It would be interesting if those monsters came forward once the Mt. Ebott monsters returned. Whether some would be happy to see them. Whether they’d never seen other monsters at all. Whether they’d be angry with Asgore. Some might be delighted at the chance to mingle openly with humans. Some probably want nothing at all to do with humans. Asgore and Frisk welcome them into their community all the same.

I could see there being a smaller population of monsters that are the non-Mt. Ebott monsters, with an entirely different culture than what we’ve seen.

ok but consider magical schools in california:

- sea side schools being carved into rocky cliffs in the north and being at the pier heads in the south
- historically hispanic schools based around brujería
- spells being derived from french, spanish, english, chinese, vietnamese, filipino, japanese, native, and scandinavian witches
- the Los Angeles School of Wizardry (LASW?) being accessible through the metro ‘pink’ line which runs all day but is only accessed by a charmed TAP card
- LASW students having a deep tradition of charming murals around LA to move or sing
- witches and wizards performing on busy streets in LA and hollywood
-enchanted clothes that always fit the way you want
- north california witches and wizards using the marine layer to hide their schools
- northern schools also being hidden by the MASSIVE redwoods and include the vast ecosystems that come with them
- bigfoot and river sirens being humor mascots
- BANANA SLUGS (they’re not cryptids but they might as well be)
- coastal schools having their own groups of mermaids that adapt to their shore environment
-kelp forest mermaids, coastal wetland mermaids, rocky shore mermaids
- coastal schools having outrigger canoe teams, surf teams, and open water teams
- wizards performing acts at venice beach on the weekends
- student wizards and witches pranking each other by giving ridiculous moving tanlines
- mojave wizarding schools being disguised as abandoned theme parks and truck stops but really being gorgeous castles that howl with the winds at night
- other mojave schools being carved into mountainsides with abandoned mine shafts as their entrances
-teachers and students always being weary of first years going riding during full moons when the sky is bright and the wind is quiet
- first years always disappear around those times and never manage to come back, some say they get full moon sickness and never come out of the trance
- mojave schools using buggies and quads to get around
- desert wizards covered head to toe in winter with only their riding goggles showing but wearing only shorts and tanks with dust masks in the summer
- mountain wizard schools who dominate at quidditch because they train in the thin air
- mountain wizards having ski goggle tan lines from staying too long on the slopes
- mountain wizards lowkey being behind bigfoot legends because they have first years put on costumes to try and scare tourist campers
- all the regional schools teaming up every year to have a festival together where they compete at quidditch and lacrosse and celebrate
- the festival being disguised as a big summer fair that no-majs can really never find the dates for
- the destination for the festival being decided by that year’s quidditch champions

(that got really long really fast but there’s so much more that i skipped over)

The Michigan Dogman: A Real Life Werewolf

It may not be a man who shape-shifts into a wolf upon a full moon, but it sure is terrifying! A bipedal wolf-like humanoid stalks the lonesome Michigan forests, striking fear into those who’ve seen it. It was first reported in Wexford, Michigan in 1887. It is described to be 7-feet tall, blue eyed and let’s out a blood curdling howl that sounds almost human. Sightings tend to triangulate in the Northwestern region of the lower peninsula. The Odawa tribe said the creature stalked the Manistee River when they used to live there.

In 1938 Robert Fortney was attacked by 5 wild dogs, and claimed one of them walked on two legs. Dog tracks have been found around dead horses, who died of fright. Similar reports of a bipedal canine continue to be reported to this day. The creature has been associated with the Beast of Bray Road, and is speculated that it could be the same creature.

Is it just a bunch of legends and tales made up in local bars? Is it being confused with a Sasquatch? Are people making up the sightings in hope for popularity? Or is there something really stalking the forests of Michigan…
A Real Life Werewolf.

biomechanicalmush  asked:

I think now would be an excellent time to talk a little about gigantopithecus. That darn big ape.

Several weeks ago, the live-action remake of Disney’s The Jungle Book was released in theaters - and with it, the remake of King Louie, a character not present in the original stories, invented for the animated film.  The original King Louie was an orangutan, but orangutans don’t live in India, so the remake recast him as a late-surviving Gigantopithecus (voiced by no less than Christopher Walken).

Walken’s portrayal of King Louie was one of the best parts of the movie - equal parts hilarious and terrifying.  But what was the real Gigantopithecus like?

(Image source)

Gigantopithecus was the largest species of ape that ever lived.  It’s believed to have stood ten feet tall and weighed over 1,000 pounds.  I say “believed” because it’s known only from jaws and teeth; no other remains of Gigantopithecus have yet been found.  Based on the structure of its jaws, as well as the fact that it lived in Southeast Asia, it’s believed to have been related to orangutans, but its massive size and ground-dwelling lifestyle were more similar to gorillas.  As a result, it’s usually reconstructed as a sort of “mix” of the two animals.

Gigantopithecus’s jawbones are notable for widening in the back, more like human jawbones than those of apes.  The human jawbone widens in order to accommodate the windpipe and allow the skull to sit atop a vertical spinal column.  Some scientists have claimed that this implies bipedalism in Gigantopithecus.  However, a bipedal posture would have put massive stress on the animal’s hind legs, and a quadrupedal posture would have allowed its weight to be more evenly distributed.  (This doesn’t preclude Gigantopithecus from having been able to stand up for short periods, however.)

(Image by Julio Lacerda)

Gigantopithecus lived in Southeast Asia from 9 million to 100,000 years ago, making it a contemporary of several hominid species and primitive humans.  It was possibly hunted by Homo erectus, which lived in the same areas as it did.  Some cryptozoologists have claimed that human run-ins with Gigantopithecus are the basis of the Bigfoot legend, or even that Gigantopithecus survives today and is responsible for Bigfoot sightings.  Needless to say, this is probably not true; Gigantopithecus is fairly definitively extinct.

The cause of its demise is believed to have been the decline of forests and the expansion of grasslands during the Pleistocene period.  Gigantopithecus was a fruit and nut-eater, unable to survive on grass, and it died out when its food sources were depleted.

Ohio’s Bigfoot: The Grassman

Ohio is a state full of big cities, acres of farmland, and miles of dense forest and rolling hills. Hikers who go out for a day of hiking to enjoy the comforting loneliness that nature can bring may get a little more than just that. For in the forests of Ohio, stalks one of the most violent breeds of Sasquatch to roam North America.

The first reports were from Native Americans who would tell tales of “Wild Ones of the Woods” who they would leave food for as a peace offering. These stories were later confirmed in the 1800’s when a man was attacked and ripped out of his carriage by a hairy bipedal creature, but retreated when the daughter threw stones at it. In 1978 in Minerva, Ohio, Evelyn and Howe Clayton ran home crying to their parents of a hairy monster in the gravel pit near where they would play. When the parents went to investigate, they saw a dark haired creature sitting in the gravel pit playing with trash. The Claytons would then have several run ins with the creature(s), including spotting two at once on top of a hill. They would later make the connection of the creature and their brutally killed German Shepherd which was found dead with its neck broken just days before spotting the creature in the gravel pit.

The Grassman is known to make dome shaped nests, and strange tipi-like structures. It is said to smell like rot, and it’s howls/growls send shiver’s down the spines of those who hear it. It stands from 6-7 feet tall and weighs from 350-500 pounds. The footprints found range from 10-20 inches long. It has been spotted in groups as large as five, and has left behind mutilated deer corpses of which it fed on, some with only the liver removed. Strands of hair found at scenes of sightings have been studied at The Ohio State University but do not match any known animal.

Was the Clayton family lying about their multiple encounters with the creatures? Was there truly an attack in the 1800’s? Or is there truly an aggressive group of Sasquatch stalking the forests of Ohio, watching you as you hike, waiting to strike.

you know what I want from ilvermorny and the north american wizarding world? magical explinations for tall tales. like, paul bunyan turns out to be a european giant that somehow immigrated to the states. there wasn’t the any magical legislative body in north america back then, so it was up to some clever locals to twist their no-maj neighbors’ memories as best as they could. they couldn’t get them to comletely forget him, but luckily they think he’s just a legend. chupacabra and bigfoot and jackalopes are actual magical creatures that no-majs have encountered and built tales around. most of them are just guesses and are pretty off the mark about their actual behavior, but some of it is based in fact. jkr did a really good job of incorporating european myths into her stories and I just want to see her do the same across the pond.

Cryptozoology and Religion

From the beginning of religious practice some 20,000 years ago, Homo sapiens have contemplated the unknown and supernatural. Within the modern context, not taking away scientific knowledge of the past, mythology and legends were made in response to understanding the world around them, something unique to Homo sapiens. The primary difference between myth and legend,  is myths can be true, whereas legends are fictional. Such is the tale of the Iliad, which is myth but is a fictionalized version of an actual event intended to enhance religious devotion and experience.

           So what does any of this have to do with Cryptozoology? A lot! All around the globe we have instances of mythical beasts: dragons, sea monsters, and flying beasts. From the Americas to Japan, the people generate these wondrous tales of monsters that have supernatural powers or are sacred deities among us. Such as the skookum of Chinook lore as evil spirits that roam the forests and could inhabit humans, but were notorious for their “big and strong” appearance.  However this is one interpretation of the Native peoples of the Pacific Northwest, as there are many including a natural “wild man”.

           Whilst Bigfoot is a primary example, others include the Loch Ness Monster stemming from Viking mythology or the Griffin in the Ancient Near East. Religion has everything to with Cryptozoology, for if these being are supernatural then it posits the need for cultural understanding, as well as scientific. Meaning it is better to understand the cultural background of various peoples and the origin of these creatures.

           Now the question is: Did/do some of these exist? Perhaps. The Loch Ness Monster, for example, has its earliest origins in the story of St. Columbia in which the saint banishes the monster from the River Ness, not the Loch. River Monsters host, Jeremy Wade, concluded that due to the Vikings and Picts having contact with each other, it is possible that the beast was most likely an animal that swam up river, in which it could be a Greenland Shark. Which has been seen in the area before.

           Scientific explanations for mythical beasts are far and wide, and most are correct. This, however, does not detract from the religious significance.  For example, the Mamlambo is South Africa: it is a river deity and there are claims it and major storms occurring whenever it is sighted, which happened on the Syfy TV show Destination Truth

The religious aspect is this deity guards the rivers and protects them, killing anyone who would dare to defile them. Thus in 1997 the deaths of 9 people were attributed to the river goddess.

           The Native peoples of the Americas and Australia still hold dear to the stories that have been passed down to each new generation. From the Algonquin Wendigo or the Aboriginal Bunyip, there is belief that these creatures exist and are supernatural in nature. Modern scientific study dismisses many of these creatures to be misidentification, which is most likely the case, however it is not so clear in the case of Sasquatch in the Pacific Northwest or Siberia. Sightings, and even scientific controversy, still abound in the public spotlight.

           To understand these creatures in a religious and cultural context means to take proper precautions in the occurrence that these are supernatural spirits in origin. There is both a scientific and religious context to many, if not most, of the cryptids that are sighted today. Most are given deity status or “spirits of their environment” status. This could also be interpreted as a connection to nature and the sacred lands in which these legends were formed around a central animal that may be extinct, or human imagination ran wild.

           Whatever the case is, religion is a huge part of Cryptozoology. To understand a people, and to understand a cryptid one must investigate fully into the nature and culture of the people that believe and see it every day. In most cases, there is a rational explanation within cultural and historical context; however there could be something more out there, because human beings are limited in their understanding no matter how hard the trial. In the end, mankind will confront the truth, as that is what makes Homo sapiens the “wise man.”