Yeti scalps, furry hats

This Yeti was easily found: But not so easily dispatched.
This Yeti was easily found: But not so easily dispatched.Courtesy your pal ryan
All right, everybody. Stuff those huge heads of yours into your poor little thinking caps, and slide your behind over to the cryptocouch, because we’ve got sum lernin to do.

The word is “Yeti.” The second word is “scalps,” and if you need third and fourth words, they’re going to be “furry” and “hats,” respectively.

The Yeti, or Abominable Snowman for those of you still standing in the damp, dark room of ignorance (seriously, you don’t know about the Yeti?) is something like south Asia’s version of Bigfoot. It spends its time farting around in the Himalayas, leaving bipedal footprints and surprising sherpas.

The Yeti seems to have been part of Himalayan culture for perhaps hundreds of years, and has been referred to by a good handful of names: Jo-bran, Kang Admi, Mir ka, Migoi, Dzu-teh, and Meh-teh, to name just a few. There’s some thought that the name “Yeti,” as well as a few of those above, derives from various Tibetan terms for “bear,” and, in fact, many people believe that bears are actually the source of most (if not all) Yeti evidence (sightings, footprints, fur, etc).

Genuine or otherwise, physical Yeti evidence is notoriously hard to come by (even as Bigfoot and his ilk go). However, there have been several occasions in which Buddhist monasteries claimed to have obtained solid Yeti evidence—Yeti scalps, in particular.

Several furry, cone-shaped scalps have been presented over the last century, and each of them has been pretty quickly and confidently discounted as fakes, stitched together from the skins of other, mundane animals. It should be said, also, that the owners/makers of the scalps consider them to be ritual objects, and that the jump to “genuine Yeti scalps” is one often made by foreign explorers and mountain climbers.

Now there’s a new Yeti scalp in town. And, if vague, third hand journalism is to be trusted, this one might be better than all the others. The “new” scalp (which is about 100 years old) supposedly still has the bone of the skull attached, which would have been a little harder for 19th century
Tibetan craftsmen to “fake.”

The scalp was being kept as a holy relic in a monastery in Bhutan when it was discovered by an English wildlife painter. Housed in a part of the monastery usually off limits to visitors, one monk enthusiastically agreed to show the painter the “Migoi scalp” upon learning that she was English and therefore somehow associated with David Beckham (of whom the monk is a huge fan). The painter then created a full sketch of the Migoi, based on the detailed descriptions of locals claiming to have seen the creature firsthand.

The incident has been referred to as “potentially…the single most important zoological find since the discovery of the coelacanth.” Hyperbole should perhaps be withheld for the time being, however, seeing as how the scalp has yet to be seriously examined by anybody but a traveling English painter. There’s a slight chance that it may just be a furry hat.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Loren Coleman's picture

Third-rate journalism, indeed!

The scalp or skullcap seen by an artist was not photograph, and did NOT have bone attached. However, the media wanted to blow this story way up beyond the facts, and pushed along a misquote from an "expert."

See my analysis and interview with the "authority" quoted, who happens to be a friend of mine:


Loren Coleman, Cryptozoologist

posted on Wed, 06/04/2008 - 3:08pm
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

I'm going to point out here that Loren Coleman is just about the most famous cryptozoologist in the world.


posted on Wed, 06/04/2008 - 3:29pm
bert123's picture
bert123 says:

i have always enjoyed learning about relics.
IBI Call it what you want IBI

posted on Fri, 06/06/2008 - 12:52pm

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