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Bigfoot is a guy you'd probably recognize on sight, but around the world, he's known by many different names. What you call him probably depends on where you spot him. In the United States, he’s also known as Sasquatch, and on the other side of the world, he’s called the Yeti or Abominable Snowman.
Bigfoot relatives have some bizarre names around the world, but the fascinating part is that similar creatures are sighted in so many places. Even places like Australia, China, and Russia have their own Bigfoot-like creatures. Most cryptids are localized in one specific area, but Bigfoot seems to be on every continent, except maybe Antarctica.
Everywhere there are humans there are stories of Bigfoot. Even a famous U.S. President had his own Bigfoot story. It kind of makes it seem like Bigfoot has been with us all along, if only as a legend.
We all know this one. Viewed by some as more representative of the Pacific Northwest, really it’s pretty much interchangeable with “Bigfoot”. These days the Sasquatch is spotted all over North America, from the thick forests of New England to the mountains of the Pacific Northwest and everywhere in between.
The current Bigfoot craze took off in the 1950s, but Native Americans knew about the Sasquatch long before Europeans arrived. Some tribes saw it as a forest spirit, and others as just another being that shared the land with them.
The point is, we know from their stories that the Sasquatch isn't just some monster invented by modern culture in order to get TV ratings. There is a real creature here, with a real history behind it.
Stalking the regions around the Himalayas, and sometimes called the Abominable Snowman, the Yeti is probably the next best-known cousin of Bigfoot. Sightings of this creature have it pegged as a dead-ringer for the North American Sasquatch. Are these two beasts related?
Maybe. The Bigfoot-Giganto Theory may explain how both the Sasquatch and the Yeti came into existence in Asia, long ago. It's possible they may trace their lineage back to a massive ape called Gigantopithecus Blacki. It was a 10-foot-tall monster, and some researchers believe it may have evolved into what we call today Bigfoot or the Yeti.
It's an interesting idea; however, there seems to be the same creature running around the Himalayas as there is in North America.
3. Skunk Ape
The Bigfoot of Florida and the Southern United States. He’s just as big and scary, but ups the bar with the added benefit of a horrific stench. It’s claimed he gets his illustrious odor by hanging out in methane-packed bogs, but really it's anyone's guess.
With dense and dangerous swamps, parts of Florida and other southern swamps are ideal habitats for a large creature that doesn't want to be spotted. Bigfoot seems to have made his home here, and who can blame him?
There has been some interesting evidence for the Skunk Ape over the years. Perhaps most notably, a decade or so ago a woman claimed a large animal had been stealing apples from her porch. She set up a camera and snapped a few pictures, and the result was the Myakka Skunk Ape photo to the right.
From the outback of Australia, by many accounts, this guy is yet another version of Bigfoot. In some stories, the Yowie is an apelike hominid. In others, it is more like a primitive human living in the outback. Aboriginal legend doesn't clear things up much, but like Native Americans in North America, they do have a history of the creature dating back hundreds, even thousands of years.
One problem with the Yowie is that Australia has been isolated for thousands of years. This means whatever factor may have driven the Yeti or Sasquatch to evolve and migrate across Europe and North America can't be responsible for the Yowie. So where did this beast come from? It's an interesting question, with some equally intriguing answers.
The Almas are known in Mongolia as hairy, bipedal humanoids. Unlike the neighboring Yeti, they are believed to be more human than apes, but they are just as elusive. This is not unlike many tales of wildmen in Asia and Eastern Europe.
Theories abound as to the origin of the Almas, but some researchers believe they may be a living population of an earlier human ancestor that may have somehow survived extinction.
The story of the Almas opens up an interesting discussion in the Bigfoot debate, as some researchers believe Sasquatch is actually a species of primitive human, not an ape. So, rather than an ancient Asian ape surviving extinction and populating the world, could it be that an unclassified species of humans exists out there undetected?
6. The Grassman
The Ohio Grassman is believed to be a Bigfoot existing in a specific niche, and surviving in the rich farmland of Ohio. Ohio may not seem like an ideal Bigfoot habitat if you are fixated on the idea that the only place Sasquatch can exist in America is the Pacific Northwest or Florida, but in fact, the beast has been spotted in every state in the continental US.
Ohio and Western Pennsylvania, in particular, are excellent Bigfoot habitats, with plenty of farms, water sources, game, and easy access to the Appalachian Mountain range. Sightings and stories of the Grassman go back hundreds of years and continue to this day.
Hailing from the woods of Canada, the Windigo (or Wendigo) is a big, hairy man-like creature from Native American legend. But legends don’t always think of it as an animal; Windigo can be a creature that transforms from a human and has very bad intentions.
Some interesting hypotheses concerning Bigfoot have been borne from the Wendigo legends. On one hand, perhaps the wild stories of the supernatural Wendigo stem from sightings of a real creature like Bigfoot, and maybe Native Americans have expanded on the abilities of the creature, making it into some kind of spirit being.
On the other hand, perhaps the legend of the Wendigo is proof that Bigfoot really only exists in the spirit realm, and not in the real world at all.
8. Orang Pendek
From Sumatra, and only a few feet tall, so not really similar to Bigfoot in stature. But Orang Pendek is definitely an example of a bizarre Bigfoot-like critter from an unexpected place. And there may be more similarities than we'd think.
For one thing, if Orang Pendek is real it raises the question of Bigfoot's origins. Could it be a kind of pygmy version of Bigfoot, or perhaps a related species that went down some different evolutionary path?
Even more intriguing is the idea that Orang Pendek could actually be some kind of human ancestor, perhaps a relic population of the tiny "Hobbit" humans found on the island of Flores. Whatever it is, Sumatran natives are seeing something strange in the jungles, and it appears to be a bipedal ape.
The Mapinguari is one of the most debated of Bigfoot’s cousins from around the world. Hailing from the jungles of South America, many accounts of the Mapinguari describe it as something similar to a Sasquatch. It would make sense, as any Bigfoot population in North America certainly could matriculate down to South America.
However, other versions of the Mapinguari tale paint it as a far stranger creature with massive claws, backward-facing feet, a repugnant stench, and a mouth on its stomach. Some researchers who have dared to attempt to wade through the folklore say this is an odd but plausible description of a giant ground sloth.
The giant ground sloth is believed to have gone extinct long ago, but is it possible there is still a population deep in the jungle? More interesting still, do these different eyewitness accounts represent two separate creatures?
This creature lives in the forests of China and is described as something very close to Bigfoot in size and appearance. What’s interesting is that the Yeren hails from the general area of the world where Gigantopithecus, the ancient giant ape, is believed to have gone extinct. Equally interesting is that this beast shares a lot in common with the Mongolian Almas.
Also called the Chinese Wildman, reports of this creature go back for generations. Again, like the Sasquatch in North America and the Yowie in Australia, stories often contain a touch of mysticism, making it tough to discern if the Yeren is a flesh-and-blood creature or some kind of spiritual being dreamed up by local cultures.
What Should You Call Bigfoot?
Bigfoot has so many different names because the legend of large, hairy, bipedal creatures is so prevalent in so many different cultures around the world. What explains this?
Tales of Bigfoot could be the residue of ancestral stories, dating back to a time when stranger creatures shared the earth with us.
Is it possible ancient humans had contact with a giant ape similar to Gigantopithecus, and perhaps their fears have been passed down over generations?
Or, could Bigfoot be a real creature of the world today?
Whatever the explanation, Bigfoot seems to be everywhere.
Let’s get back to the original question: What does it mean when so many people, from so many countries and so many cultures, seem to spot the same kind of mysterious creature in so many different places around the world?
And yet, despite all of these sightings, there is no scientifically accepted evidence for the existence of these beings.
When it comes to Bigfoot all we can do is weigh the evidence, stories, and facts and make our best decision about what we think is true.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
KoolGMan on July 14, 2020:
A bigfoot is also called the abominable snowman also I think.
dave on March 06, 2020:
anonymous, Orangutan maybe a sasquatch, but; you got to realize there are over a hundred names for bigfoot around the world. That doesn't mean there is no yetis around and about. I have seen one so you can't make me believe they are not real. Not all sasquatch look the same as they have different color hair and there are some that have a different intelligents. They are alive and well on Vancouver island B.C.
Anonymous on March 04, 2020:
I don't think Sasquatch is real because their was a type of orangutan that look like what you will call Sasquatch.
dave schulz on January 20, 2020:
Ruth you have seen the sasquatch. It showed no mean intentions. Just like when me and my brother seen him, they sure are grand creatures, the one we seen took 3 steps to cross a 32' roadway. Oh by the way Luther there are hundreds of names for this being all around the world. Each tribe had a different name. dave
Ruth on December 29, 2019:
Why can you not see or find anything of Genashowa. I'm not sure how it spelled but I found a picture of him in 2010-2011 online ,I screamed cos he is, what I saw as a teenager in 1972 , before Jack Nicklaus built the golf course. Others said he would look in the window, I have tried to talk myself out of it ,but my heart says no . There was a oak tree he was so big he put his arm on the branch like it wasn't a big deal. I was about 30-40 feet I seen him very well,there was a, street light ,have you ever been so scared ,you was no feelings , thought,noting .,?He just looked for at least 10 -15 mins.. Then turned around and slowly walked in the woods .My sister never turned around , maybe she wasn't meant to see him. I have never cared if anyone ever believed me , I know what I saw ,I know he's real
gfjhg on December 06, 2019:
they forgot the yahoo, dusk man, and many more
Wilburina on August 21, 2019:
Here we call it a myth
Kim on August 10, 2019:
Here in North Carolina we call it "Knobby..."
Jesse D on June 27, 2019:
Big foot is an alien
Max cobourne on April 24, 2019:
Big foot is real
Magic man Lasloser on April 09, 2019:
For Mapinguari a drawing of a Megatherium or giant sloth is used despite sloths being more closely related to armadillos than apes. Although the idea of Big foot being misidentified as an ape is interesting.
... on March 05, 2019:
the first time i saw Bigfoot was when i was walking on a train track
Red Grossinger, Whitehorse, Yukon on February 22, 2019:
Bigfoot is a journalistic term. The proper term for this unclassified hominoid entity is SASQUATCH.
therealBigfoot on January 01, 2019:
Man, my brethren are famous! Hey, next month I'm going to visit Yowie on my visit to the land os the Aussies
BigfootBeliever99 on June 24, 2018:
They forgot the O Mah, the Agogwe, The Haiit, The Yowie, the Hibagon, and the Maricoxi
cryptid (author) from USA on November 30, 2017:
@lax - If you are referring to my previous comment, I am referencing the BFRO Sightings Database. You'll have to check their site for their exact methods. I believe their data comes from reports given to them by witnesses.
lax on November 29, 2017:
How do you know of these sightings and where do you get the information?
cryptid (author) from USA on November 28, 2017:
@odegaard - There are sightings in every state in the continental US, including South Dakota. Check out the BFRO sightings database for a list of them.
odegaard on November 27, 2017:
im from south dakota and im wondoring if there is any sightings in south dakota
bigfoot brother on March 02, 2017:
never knew there were so many species of bigfoot,almost makes me look like I know nothing about bigfoot
Darian on November 02, 2016:
Bigfoot is so cool man!!!Cool hub
cryptid (author) from USA on January 29, 2014:
Interesting. I had not heard of Kitch-sabe. If my quick research is correct, apparently this is a giant, bipedal Native American nature spirit (?) that represents honesty and goodness. Sasquatch sure could be the origin of this idea. Thanks, Ray!
Ray Ballinger on January 28, 2014:
What about “Kitch-sabe or Bigfoot?” … I.e., Kitch-sabe Is Bigfoot. ~ CatRaptor
Carrie Lee Night from Northeast United States on October 11, 2013:
Thank you for writing this hub :) Didn't know this elusive creature had so many nicknames. The fun never stops :) Have a wonderful weekend.
Katharine L Sparrow from Massachusetts, USA on May 08, 2012:
Cool hub! Didn't know there were so many different versions of Big Foot! Was just watching a show the other night about Big Foot hunters who were looking in the Ohio forests.