Most people we have found, think of Bigfoot as a modern phenomena. That is one of the most common arguments, against the existence of Bigfoot since a hominid creature is not just going to pop up recently. While the term “Bigfoot” is a modern term, the history of Bigfoot or, if you prefer, Bigfoot like creatures, extends through history and literature.
The Epic of Gilgamesh is famous for being the oldest narrative in writing, it was recorded in cuneiform tablets around 2700 BCE, over 4700 years ago. It tells the story of Gilgamesh, a king of Uruk and Enkidu, who is a “wild man.” Wild Man is the usual terminology for bigfoot like creature from ancient times up past the middle ages.
An analysis of one of the older tablets gives a very interesting story about Enkidu, “Like an animal Enkidu’s body had hitherto been covered with hair, which is now shaved off. He is anointed with oil, and clothed ‘like a man.'”(1)
Enkidu, is very large and very strong, who is covered with hair and does not live in civilized society. This sounds very much like a Bigfoot like creature. Of course the Epic of Gilgamesh is widely recognized as a piece of literature and not necessarily historically accurate, however Gilgamesh is a true historical figure. “Historical evidence for Gilgamesh’s existence is found in inscriptions crediting him with the building of the great walls of Uruk (modern-day Warka, Iraq) which, in the story, are the tablets upon which he first records his great deeds and his quest for the meaning of life.”(2)
This is not a claim that a story about killing a giant is historically accurate down to the details, but as the main figure is accurate, it could very well be that the story of Enkidu is based on fact, even if artistic license was used liberally in the final story. Even if this amounts to nothing more than the fact that bigfoot sightings were common enough to write about a bigfoot type creature as the hero in a story.
There is much more to learn, as in 2003 a German expedition was able to map the ancient city of Uruk and believes they may have found Gilgamesh’s tomb, “I don’t want to say definitely it was the grave of King Gilgamesh, but it looks very similar to that described in the epic,” said Jorg Fassbinder of the Bavarian department of Historical Monuments in Munich.(3) The research has been halted due to the political situation in Iraq, but the department of Historical Monuments in Munich is hoping to get in to continue their study.
As you can see, bigfoot is not a modern phenomena, as Enkidu with all of his bigfoot like characteristics, is present in the oldest written narrative. Bigfoot is as ancient as the written word.
(1)Jastrow, Morris, and Albert Tobias Clay. An Old Babylonian Version of the Gilgamesh Epic, on the Basis of Recently Discovered Texts,. Reprint ed. New Haven: Yale UP, 1920. 20. Print.
(2)Mark, Joshua. “Gilgamesh.” Gilgamesh. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 13 Oct. 2010. Web. 12 Sept. 2015.
(3)“Gilgamesh Tomb Believed Found.” BBC News. BBC, 29 Apr. 2003. Web. 12 Sept. 2015.
Our haunted object exhibit is where we showcase items that have residual energy attached. Some have emotions attached, some have more formless energy and some seem to react in a limited manner to the environment. We have a number of haunted objects that have been donated to the museum. The haunted dolls seem to capture the visitors the most. Here is the story behind one of our first acquisitions.
1967 Ms. Beasley Doll:
We were given the doll by a family who had collected the Ms. Beasley doll as a nostalgia piece at a yard sale. After they brought the doll home, the problems started. They left the doll on a small table as a decoration; however they kept coming in to find the doll moved. They had fights about who was moving the doll, but soon realized that they were all too scared to have been the ones to move it.
Sometimes it was lying down, sometimes it was turned backwards, and on one memorable occasion its head was turned to face the door so it was staring at whoever entered the room. They gave the doll to us as they felt they could no longer have it in their home. Since we have had it, we have noticed it seem to be in a different position then it was set, but as we have people in and out of the room we cannot definitively say anything yet. We plan to put a video on her now that she is confined to the box to see if we can find any movement.
We keep receiving reports of sighting in our area. All of the sighting detail a bipedal, hairy creature, partially hunched. However some of the reports differentiate from a “typical” bigfoot sighting, if there can be such a thing. Some of the reports we have been given state that the creature has visible ears and a snout.
Another recent report told us of strange happenings at a building centrally located to all of the sightings, Smithfield Premium Genetics. The report is from someone who lives near the building and says that they have a lot of activity late at night, and that at those late hours they hear screams that sound more human than animal. We at the museum have never witnessed any of this but we do find the report interesting and we are looking for more information.
Another person who also lives close to Smithfield Premium Genetics said that she found very large prints in the snow outside her home last January, they were hoof prints but extremely large, at least 5″ across.
A visitor to our museum who was aware of the rumors on smithfield genetics stated that the print found at Medoc Mountain looked more like a hog print than a typical bigfoot.
Here is a photo of a copy of our print. It is more clear than the original without all the pinestraw and debris on it. We do not think this is a match for a hog print, especially given the size, and the fact that the three “pads” have what looks like toenails or claws at the end of them. Also, please not that due to the hardness of the soil it was impossible to really tell where the print ended so we cast the area that was most clearly defined, the print may be the correct size, or it may have actually been longer, and the toes just dug into the soil better. A full grown man jumping on the soil could not make a castable imprint. See the full story here.
What do you think? Do you have any information about Smithfield Genetics? We would be interested in any more information we can collect regarding either the print or the suspicious looking local building.
After receiving multiple reports of a bipedal creature crossing the road near Medoc Mtn State Park, CPM (Crypto Para Museum) decided we should go out and snoop around.
When we entered the park, we saw that they had been staging controlled burns, especially along the trails. Most of the ground around the trails was charred and some areas were still smoking.
Within minutes of entering the parks picnic area, and deciding which trail to take, we noticed a suspicious print.
Luckily we had our casting kit with us, and we were close enough to the parking lot to make it easy to get supplies. The print was obviously fresh. While waiting for the cast to set, we tested the nearby ground and were
unable to make any mark due to the dryness of the substrate, so whatever made this mark was very heavy.
After the cast set, we brought the cast to the park’s ranger station and they were incredibly helpful, showing us animals that they had on display to give us an idea of foot size, however they were unable to identify the print, as the largest creature spotted in the area is the occasional black bear which has a print size of up to 5″ across, not the 8″ width that this print has.
We are posting photos to see if anyone can shed any light on
helping us identify the print, or has seen anything in the area, please report it to CPM at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Cryptozoology & Paranormal Museum is currently underway!
Right now we are assembling exhibits and researching stories. If you have information or evidence you would like us to display in the museum, please contact us using the form below. We are especially interested in evidence and anecdotes from the North Carolina and Virginia area, for our local exhibit, but please don’t hesitate to contact us, regardless of your location.