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Abominable Science!Origins of the Yeti, Nessie, and Other Famous Cryptids$
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Donald Prothero and Daniel Loxton

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231153201

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231153201.001.0001

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The Yeti

The Yeti

The Abominable Snowman

Chapter:
(p.72) 3 The Yeti
Source:
Abominable Science!
Author(s):

Daniel Loxton

Donald R. Prothero

Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231153201.003.0003

This chapter examines the Yeti of the Himalayas. The name Yeti is the mispronunciation of the Sherpa name for the creature, Yeh-teh (animal of rocky places), or possibly a derivation of Meh-teh (man-bear). The odd and inappropriate name Abominable Snowman originally derived from the Everest Reconnaissance Expedition led by Lieutenant Colonel Charles Howard-Bury in 1921, which was one of the first groups to scout a route for an attempt to climb Mount Everest. Ascending past 20,000 feet of elevation, Howard-Bury and his team were surprised to find tracks in the snow that looked like a human foot. Their Sherpa guides “at once jumped to the conclusion” that it “was the track of a wild, hairy man, and that these men were occasionally to be found in the wildest and most inaccessible mountains.”

Keywords:   Yeti, Himalayas, Yeh-teh, Meh-teh, man-bear, Abominable Snowman, Everest Reconnaissance Expedition, Charles Howard-Bury, Mount Everest

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