Something draws you from your rest as you sit up in your sleeping bag. It’s cool out; your breath mistily hangs in the air. You stir for a moment, trying in vain to again find comfort there in your tent, and then, without warning you are chilled into still silence in an instant. Your eyes grow wide in the dark, your ears straining against their natural limitations to sense something, anything, out there in the forest… and then you hear it. You hold your breath, listening intently, as you hear it breathing deeply, like a big horse. It’s lumbering mass is surprisingly agile, stealthy even, as it somehow takes long strides that issue only the slightest trace of fur brushing against fur periodically broken by heavy footfalls atop damp leaves. The odor of it burns your nose. Like a foul combination of rotten flesh and wet fur, it is absolutely dreadful. Without warning, that terrible thing lingering beyond the thin plastic wall of your tent shatters the night with an unnatural bellow, and you know without a doubt that you are in the presence of the legendary sasquatch…
Do you believe in Sasquatch? Bigfoot? The Yeti? No matter what you call them (and there are more than a few names for these things), there is no denying that this particular set of legends are found globally, from the deciduous rainforest of the Pacific Northwest to the Deep South, across the Atlantic into Europe, Asia, India, even Austrailia; those great manimals are everywhere! Though a few minor details may differ from one region to the next, overall reports describe a beast that is larger than a man, covered with dense, shaggy fur and stout features. In spite of this common thread of characteristics, the question remains: are they real?
Those who believe in their existence are often quick to defend their position, and in the process offer a number of origins for the beasts. The most common by far is the notion that they are a form of undiscovered ape, a holdover from aeons past. Fossil evidence could be supportive of this insofar as there have been found the remains (the jaw and teeth, at least) of a massive ape from Asia, Gigantopithecus, which dwarfed not only all other known ape species, but man as well. Another suggestion posits that the modern manimals may be remnant Neanderthals.
Incidents involving these things are not new, and in point of fact there are legends of them that go back for perhaps thousands of years. Many proponents even suggest that the ancient stories of certain Pacific Northwest tribes confirm the existence of these creatures in America. Many believe that the beings in those myths, traditionally rendered as large and unmistakably ape-like, are too ubiquitous to be coincidental, yet insist that they were not inspired by transplanted accounts of apes from other regions because the tales of those creatures actually predates the arrival of Europeans and others.¹ What’s more, the Pacific Northwest, just like the rest of North America, has no native ape species. Mull that over for a bit…
Sightings can, and do, run the gamut, from simply the passing of a hulking humanoid form across a wilderness trail or dark and lonely road, to even those rare instances of its direct intrusion into our personal spaces in the form of property destruction, stalking, even reaching bodily through open windows.²
Given the seemingly cosmopolitan distribution of sightings it would seem that, by now, after perhaps a millennium of sightings and limited interaction, the question of the existence of these things would be resolved. Like much of that shrouded in the dark periphery of our world, the question is far from resolved.
On the psychological side, skeptics sometimes attribute the widespread and longstanding nature of the phenomenon as one of human culture; we tend to perceive, there outside of our comfort zones, the “other,” those things that represent the unknown, the dangerous, the darkness. Other rationalists though are content to assume the majority of sightings are hoaxes or misidentifications; gorilla-suited pranksters and standing bears, among other things. Either way, for those who argue against the existence of such things, there remains the fact that thus far no bodies have been presented, no tangible proofs provided to counter the opposition.
Could there be some other reason for this fact though?
Unbeknownst to the majority of enthusiasts and doubters alike, there is another aspect of the sasquatch (etc) phenomenon that typically goes unreported in the popular circles. While mainstream sources on both sides of the argument tend to favor a naturalistic position on those legendary creatures, a great many reports actually positions them in another group entirely: the supernatural. Believe it or not, there have been several instances in which bigfeet were observed in conjunction with ufo activity (the existence and nature of those things themselves notwithstanding). Consider the 1977 case of Steve Bismark in Washington state who claimed to have seen a dark sasquatch-like creature lowered from a large silver disk that was hovering over the forest near his home.³
Coming from another point of view however, there are quite a few instances, far more than you would in fact anticipate, where these things display qualities that befit the supernatural more than the cryptozoological. Would it surprise you to know that there are many cases of Bigfoot-like creatures disappearing into thin air, literally vanishing or dematerializing while being observed by witnesses? In the same vein, there have been numerous trackways across snow or mud that, when followed, lead to only an abrupt stop. To be clear here, had they been hoaxed, we are left to wonder how the hoaxer made the prints and then fled the area without in turn leaving his own tracks?
Recall those tribal legends of the First Nation peoples that predate the settlement of North America? Well, as it turns out, the legends often go on to describe creatures that are quite a bit different than how we Westerners portray them. While most modern researchers in the field tend to present the monster as a remnant species or some hidden form of animal, the native legends tend to see them as spiritual beings, intelligent, shamanistic beings that bridge the gap between the natural world and the spirit realm. Many feel that they can appear and disappear at will as they phase-in and -out of this reality. Some also contend that they are even psychically sensitive, being capable of understanding the intentions of intruders into their patch of forest, eluding them if necessary.
Whatever you take away from all of this, there is an unmistakable dichotomy between the two poles of belief, and both of those positions are in turn countered by the camp that maintains that they are simply myth and fantasy. One thing is certain: natural animals leave remains, and that fact cannot be ignored. Even so, we still have to deal with the fact that these global legends must have an explanation.
Could the Bible shed any light on the matter? Truthfully, I must admit that the scriptures do not, in my experience, note the existence of Bigfoot, Yeti, Orang Pendak, or any other such manimals. Even so, there are some instances where some thoughtful consideration is due. In Genesis 25 we are told of the sons of Isaac, Esau and Jacob. Esau is described as being red in color and extremely hairy from birth onward. So hairy, in fact, that his brother once convinced his near-blind father that He was Esau by covering his neck and arms in goat skins (Genesis 27:11-16)! That said, some Bible believers have tentatively connected the Bigfoot phenomenon to Esau, suggesting that they may be descended from his line.
Another suggestion coming from Genesis finds its basis in the existence of giants, the hybridized offspring of fallen angels and human women:
There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. (Genesis 6:4)
An absolute abundance could be written on this topic, but for the time being we will focus simply on the fact that the Bible is clear that these gigantic humanoids existed (see also Genesis 10, Genesis 14, Numbers 13, Deuteronomy 2, etc), and it is clear that they were not simply some antediluvian feature of the world; they existed after the flood too. Could the Sasquatch and others be aligned with those creatures of old, perhaps even possessing certain supernatural qualities (such as dematerialization) inherited from their fallen sires? Who knows?
Wherever you stand on the issue, you should be aware that, in this case as with so many others, the whole truth of the matter is rarely presented to us, that we are often given only those points that support the position of the presenter. Does Bigfoot exist? Do Sasquatch roam the deciduous forests of the Pacific Northwest, or Yetis stalk the high peaks of the Himalayas? Can any of us truly be sure? More importantly, does it really even matter?
Or could it all be a ruse to keep of focused on something other than what truly matters? We may never know…
Thank you very much, and God bless!