10 Names for Bigfoot and Bigfoot Relatives Around the World
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 its 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 ape, 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 a 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 habitat, 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 American, many accounts of the Mapinguari describe it as something similar to a Sasquatch. It would make sense, as any Bigfoot population in North American 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.