We are pleased to participate in the A to Z Blog Challenge (http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/). The Story Crossroads theme for this year is Beating the Odds…Lucky Folktales Around the World to Brighten Your Day. Each post highlights that the stars aligned and what would have normally been…bad…turned out after all. Considering what we – as humankind – have experienced the past year, how nice is it to remember that all of us can “beat the odds” to some level in our lives.
And we’ll admit now…some are actually myths, legends, or epics rather than only limited to folktales. So is that a type of “loading the dice”? Ah, but the stories were too wonderful to pass by.
From the Sherpa/Nepal
Yeti stories could be cautionary tales to teach morals from the Sherpa people. Being in the Himalayas Mountains, the weather is harsh and one must live with exactness to survive. While some cultures have the boogie man or other monsters to encourage children to be good, the yeti could be one of these creatures.
What makes Yetis dangerous?
Being 7-8 feet tall is not enough to be dangerous. Yet, this creature has teeth and the ability to interact with human beings. Some yeti stories focus on death while other yeti stories go so far as to rape people.
Sherpa tell of tall and dangerous creatures. Explorers search after it. Some say it could be an ape. That kind of animals cannot survive Himalayas. Some say polar bear. Not right for the area. Closest could be brown bear. Yet, in 1951 and again in 1980, scientists claimed to see one. DNA may solve mythological beast to be “actual.”
Is it this time lucky we are the lucky ones? What would it mean if we had a clear picture of whether or not the yeti was real. The yeti is related but different than the bigfoot. Does the telling of these stories mean we are lucky to have scary stories rather than facing such a fear?
Finding the Story/Folklore:
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I have read some of the yeti tales recently in collections from Nepal and Bhutan. Fascinating lore 🙂
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