What is it about the myth of Bigfoot that brings out the kid in all of us? Is it the desire for discovery, or the hope that even in our culture of over sharing and everyone knowing everything there’s still something out there that we haven’t seen? Bigfoot creatures all share a few similarities. They’re hairy, they smell, and no one who's seen them seems capable of getting a decent photo. This list looks at all kinds of bigfoots, from the malevolent to the peaceful, from famous cryptids to those bigfoots that have yet to get their big break. Keep reading and start ranking the bigfoots of the world.
Quite possibly the most interesting thing about all of these different bigfoot creatures is how similar they are. They may have different origin stories, but they represent man’s fear of the wild, and an unspoken desire to return to the darkness and live amongst the fauna. Bigfoot around the world have captured the imaginations of people dating back to tribal times, and there are still people out there who hope to find proof of these creatures that exist in the space between man and animal. For now all we can do is rank which bigfoot is the best. Vote on your favorite bigfoots, and if we left out a local legend from your area please tell us about it in the comments.
Everyone knows Bigfoot, the Pacific Northwest's ape/human hominid creature. Mr. Foot measures anywhere from 6 - 10 feet tall, and has never been captured by a focused camera. Stories of Bigfoot have been circulating since the mid 19th century, when an artist named Paul Kane began to relay stories from local native tribes concerning a cabal of cannibalistic wild men called "skoocooms."
In Cherokee mythology, the Tsul 'Kalu is said to inhabit the Southeastern United States, specifically Jackson County, North Carolina. Its name means "slant-eyed giant," which sounds awful when you say it loud, so probably just learn how to pronounce its original name. The myth of the Tsul 'Kalu involves a woman who marries a bigfoot, so that's pretty fun.
A resident of the sub tropical forests of north east India and parts of Bangladesh, the Mande Barung is a race of large, hairy, bipedal hominoids believed to be a surviving version of the Pleistocene era ape Gigantopithecus. Of course, this is just speculation. The Mande Barung stand as tall as 10 feet and weight as much as 600 pounds and were sighted by Indian authorities doing wildlife and nature surveys in both 2002 and 2007.
If you're looking for a Yeti, you've got to go all the way to the Himalayan region of Nepal. Or Hoth. Because a Wampa is really just a nasty Yeti in space. Once believed to be worshipped by local people as a "glacier god," the Yeti has remained one of the most popular versions of Bigfoot since the mid 18th century, when stories of the abominable snowman ("abominable" is a translation of the word "yeti") first made their way west.