It is my belief that there has existed and still may exist beings related to but not the same as homo sapiens. On every continent and in every racial group there are folklores of humanlike creatures. It is in countries like England and other European countries where these creatures are the most bizarre and unbelievable, creatures like elves and fairies are just too fantastic for one to believe that they had any basis in reality. There is a reason for that. The original creatures looked nothing like the modern depiction.
In a non-literate society where tradition is handed down by word of mouth, the keepers of the tradition are more careful to render their stories faithfully and as accurate as possible. Changes occur of course, but usually not by design.
On the other hand, in literate societies, there is little or no respect for verbal tradition. The literate intellectual sees these quaint stories handed down by the common people as fodder for his imagination and he creates stories to suit his fancy. These tales are mixed in and supplant the original folklore, and in a few generations the results are quite fantastic.
I believe because of universality of these traditions, there must be some truth behind them.
It is in societies that have an oral tradition, such as the Native American that you are likely to find the most accurate accounts of these homins.
Here are some interesting links at Bigfoot Encounters on the subject
Now it seems that science has come around to discovering that there were more to the human line than previously thought:
- William Mayes
- I've lived in the woods and came to know and understand the creatures that inhabit it. I have compassion for all God's creatures, most especially the creature known whimsically as "bigfoot", since he is more like us than any other. I am now an old man and unable to run around in the woods. If I were able I would be out there right now trying to prove his existence. I started this blog to try to express some of the ideas and speculations I have had on bigfoot. I am not into bigfoot social events. I don't gossip about other bloggers. I try to keep myself informed of events. My ideas and opinions are my own and I make no apology for them. They are not written in stone and I welcome any and all civil comments. I am looking for the truth, not fame.