I ran across a little blog concerning history and Bigfoot (see below link). Here’s a few tidbits I gathered up reading some of the posts on that blog:
Naturalist Jose Mariano Mocino is an important person in Bigfoot history although most people, including BF researchers, have never heard of him. He lived in New Spain back in 1792 and he was part of an expedition to the Pacific Northwest in the US and British Columbia, Canada. In a book he wrote he mentioned how some Native Americans in this region were afraid of a creature living in the woods. They called it “Matlox.” They described the creature as covered with hair and as having a human-like head. They said it had strong fangs that were stronger than those of a bear and long arms and they described it as being extraordinarily strong. What they pretty much described to Jose was some sort of APE MAN. Jose apparently never saw the creature himself.
Back in 986 A.D. the famous Viking explorer Leif Erickson visited the New World (long before Columbus did) and as things ended up this visit became one of the very first documented recordings of what we refer to as Bigfoot today! Erickson described creatures as “monsters that were horribly ugly, hairy, swarthy (dark skinned), and with great black eyes.” He also said it made some hellish howls and screeches. The Vikings called the Native People in the Americas the “Skrelling.” The Viking sagas say these people made boats and dwellings, traded goods, made weapons, and other things. Where the Vikings referring to Bigfoot? Sorry but the answer is NO! They were speaking of the Natives in the area and this contradicts popular belief that Vikings spoke of Bigfoot in the Americas.
Something else posted on this blog relates to what is known as the Wodewose. The account comes from the Middle Ages in Europe. The name translates to “wood man” or “man of the woods.” Contrary to popular notion these people were NOT described as animals, however, they were seen as people living on the fringe of society and it was said that these “wild men” were one with nature. Some accounts described them as not being allowed to live in the villages of the time for whatever reason. Apparently, they were capable of using tools, clubs, and spears too and had families and were seen as humans. There’s an account from Norway from 1250 A.D. entitled “King Mirror.” That account describes the capture of a creature in the wilds that was neither man or beast, completely. It was shaped like a man but was covered in thick hair and it had a hairy mane down along its back like a horse’s mane. No references are made in official records from the period about such humans or creatures, apparently, but their oddness could have simply been ignored especially if people back them considered them humans of a different sort. One of the theories about these creatures is that they may have been NEANDERTHALS! That just might be very possible! They could have well been a group of the last Neanderthals in Europe who ended up dying out OR interbreeding with humans of the time. Our evolution is NOT as clear cut as some would have us believe! We DON’T know exactly when Neanderthals “disappeared” so they could have been around for awhile and MAYBE some are STILL around today. On the other hand, if you look at some modern humans today you can CLEARLY see Neanderthal traits in their morphology and some even have the distinct “bun” on the back of their heads which is distinctive of Neanderthals! Look around!!
The ancient Romans and Greeks spoke of wild men who were larger, stronger, and hairier than regular men who lived in the forests and had nothing to do with the then “modern” society. Later their name and descriptions seem to have changed to what we know as the Satyr today. Satyrs were said to be part man and part goats! In the 17th century the Satyr would again gain some fame when a man-like creature of the forest began to be described and encountered. Today we know these creatures as Orangutans (Simia satyrus)!! Was this what the ancient Greeks and Romans were referring to? But, here’s something else. Over the years I’ve heard stories of how these wild men were sometimes used in the arenas as gladiators. It was said that they thrilled the crowds because they could choke lions and tigers to death due to their exceptionally strong grip and because of their unusual strength they could break the backs of these big cats in the arena as well. True? False? Myth? Who knows!
Apparently, even the now famous Greek historian Herodotus got in on the action regarding Bigfoot. Around 350 BC he wrote about some “strong warriors, good horsemen rich in flocks of cattle, sheep, and goats…..they were one-eyed, shaggy with hairs, the toughest of men.” In Greek literature these creatures of men were called “Arimaspoi” and “Arimaspians.” He said he didn’t believe in these creatures but he wrote about them anyway, which is interesting in itself. This along with other accounts lead to the myth of the Cyclops monsters who sometimes wrecked havoc on ancient humankind. Homer also mentioned them and the people he described we think were the Scythians, perhaps. One theory about all of this is that the ancient Greeks and Romans were finding fossil remains of skulls and bodies of huge creatures (dinosaurs) and not knowing or understanding what they were they developed myths around them to explain them. Very likely!
Of course there are also Biblical accounts of what COULD BE BIGFOOT of some sort of half man/half Bigfoot too. The famous Cain who killed is brother Abel was said to be a hunter and man of he woods (there’s that term again). Some say Cain was hairy and some have even said that the famous “mark of Cain” was that God turned him into a hairy ape-like man after he killed his brother Abel. There is also the account of Esau who was apparently rather covered in reddish fur or hair and who was also a hunter and man of the woods! Jacob was his brother or half-brother and to gain the blessing of his father and secure the birthright for himself (he was the younger brother) Jacob had to wrap his arms in sheep’s wool so his dying father would think he was giving the blessing to Esau. The deception worked amazingly well, apparently! So why was Esau so hairy? He must have really been hairy because Jacob had to wrap his arms in sheep wool which is very thick! What was Esau exactly? Also there is John the Baptist who reportedly wore skins and lived in the wild like an animal or something. Was he a deranged man or some sort of half-man, half-Bigfoot? Is it possible that he was part H. sapien and part Neanderthal? Is it possible John the Baptist was indeed one of the few remaining Neanderthals? Contrary to popular opinion the Neanderthals were NOT the club caring cavemen we’ve been told they were nor were they Fred Flintstone! They had a sophisticated culture for their times and were intelligent humans.
There’s also the Epic of Gilgamesh which the blog mentions. Gilgamesh had a partner called Enkindu. This Enkindu (Enkidu) was bigger and stronger than the average man according to the Sumerian account. He had a habit of freeing the prey of hunters from their traps btw which I’m sure went over well with the hunters—NOT! Enkidu ended up assimilating, somewhat, into society thanks to his mother and a whore’s services! That’s when he befriended King Gilgamesh and together they have many adventures prior to Enkidu dying from the TRAPPINGS OF HUMAN SOCIETY (MAN)!! What was Enkidu? Bigfoot? Neanderthal Man?
There are plenty more tales on the blog (see link below). Check it out!