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#1 · Posted: 20 Apr 2006 19:04
We probably all have read Tintin in Tibet, so you'll know why I have put this up. Anyway, I think that Herge probably did believe in the Yeti, otherwise, why would he have put it in his story. I, as an amateur cryptozoologist (cryptozoology is the study of animals not yet proven to exist by science) do believe it, despite the fact that not many cryptozoologists do. What does everyone else believe?

I'll add in some evidence either way:
- How could a large ape exist unknown in the modern world.
- Wouldn't it starve in the Himalayas.
- How come a credible body or dung etc. been discovered (some monasteries have apparent 'Yeti relics' but many have been proved to be something else)
- It is just a 'boogey man' story and is used as a part of Tibetan culture.
- Many footprints are fakes.
- Often people mistake bears to be Yeti's.

- A giant ape called Gicantapithocus lived in that area thousands of years ago - in could be an ancient survivor.
- Sightings are incredibly common in some areas.
- While the Yeti is famous for living in Tibet, sightings are far more common in Bhutan, Tibet's neighbour. Their, there are many forests which could easily support large apes. It is thought by some that the Yetis' only rarely venture into the cold Tibet.
- Hair's have been found that when tested have come up with an uknown species, however interestingly, they are unlike any ape or bears genetically.
- Another rare animal, the snow leapord is only seen around once a year, and lives in the Himalayas, and yet we know that to exist, so it is very easy to hide in the Himalayas.
#2 · Posted: 20 Apr 2006 21:18
It is a common myth from around the world, not just in Tibet (bigfoot for example). To be honest the areas around the Himilayas can be pretty lonely and it wouldn't be beyond the realms of possibilty for a creature to exist undiscovered.

I don;t say I believe in it to be honest, but there are always reports of large animals going undetected except for a few eye witness accounts. There are supposed to be Pumas in southern England for example.

#3 · Posted: 20 Apr 2006 21:25 · Edited by: SingingGandalf
are supposed to be Pumas in southern England for example.

That's actually been proved. I live in an affected area, and one came walking straight in front of someones CCTV at close range. There have even been bodies but they have disappeared. This isn't like in the X files, but government agencies are trying to keep this quiet till they have to deal with the situation. They know about it, but, quiet understandibly, don't want a huge panic. The big cats are not just puma's, they are usually linxes. They were let loose in large numbers in the 1960s, with the dangerous animal ban, and since then have been multiplying. Within 50 years, methinks, it will be official. Many scientists have said that they definately exist. And yes there are many ape men stories:
- Bigfoot (aka sasquatch)in North america
- Wendigo in N.America
- Alma in Russia
- Hibagon in Japan
- Yeren in China
- Scottish snowman in Scotland
- De loys ape in Colombia

These are just the ones I can think of off the top of my head. There are many more.
#4 · Posted: 21 Apr 2006 15:38
I believe there are many creatures undiscovered by science out there, and the Yeti could be one of the many. I don't believe in evolution though, so I don't think it's an early human.
#5 · Posted: 21 Apr 2006 16:56
I don't believe in evolution though, so I don't think it's an early human.

Oh, it wouldn't be, but,if they are gicantopithacus, they would be an extinct species of giant ape, not our ancestor but more similar to us than say, Gorillas or Orangutans.
#6 · Posted: 21 Apr 2006 17:55
I have to doubt the existence of the Yeti and other "cryptozoological" creatures. One of the reasons is that there are no known animals than can live for thousands of years. Another is that given that animals can't live for that long, it means that what we're seeing today is an offspring of another creature. Unfortunately, reports seem to indicate that everything is claiming to have sighted the same thing. With those two things in mind, it's hard to believe in such things!
#7 · Posted: 20 May 2006 13:13
I don't really think it exists.
Briony Coote
#8 · Posted: 1 Jan 2009 07:41
12 Sep 2013 00:13 - Merged topic:
Tintin in Tibet: Yeti discussion

I am starting this thread for general questions and discussion about the Yeti. Here is one question I am starting with:

Could the Yeti in "Tintin in Tibet" be female? I was wondering this question because it may help explain why the Yeti bonded with Chang - a mother/cub bond, maybe?
#9 · Posted: 11 Sep 2013 22:28
12 Sep 2013 00:12 - Merged topic:
Tintin in Tibet - The Yeti

Yes, I know that its been FOREVER since I last posted, but I'm back now!

So, this topic is about the yeti from Tintin In Tibet. For most of the book, the subject is treated as you would expect from any other book. But there's a line that Chang says at the end of the book that caught my attention: as Tintin and Co. are leaving Tibet, Chang says, Quote "You know, I hope they never succeed in finding him [The yeti]. They'd treat him like some wild animal. I tell you, Tintin, from the way he took care of me, I couldn't help wondering if, deep down, he hadn't had a human soul." unquote.

Is this line a testimony to Hergé's view on the Yeti? Or is it just a good outro line that will get the reader to think?
#10 · Posted: 11 Sep 2013 22:48
A bit of both I imagine. He may have been a bit fierce when he encountered Tintin but he had a soul and was very fond of Tchang, as shown by his howls of anguish when Tchang leaves with Tintin and Haddock from the cave and later from the monastery.

There was a film "The Abominable Snowman" which was release in 1957, about a year before "Tibet". In this film, Peter Cushing and Forrest Tucker encounter much of the same conflict: Cushing sees the yetis as highly intelligent, maybe even advanced in some ways, while Tucker sees them as beasts and his ticket to fame and fortune.

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