Transcultural Encounters in the Himalayan Borderlands
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Sawerthal, Anna und Torri, Davide: Imagining the Wild Man: Yeti Sightings in Folktales and Newspapers of the Darjeeling and Kalimpong Hills, in: Viehbeck, Markus (Hrsg.): Transcultural Encounters in the Himalayan Borderlands: Kalimpong as a “Contact Zone”, Heidelberg: Heidelberg University Publishing, 2017 (Heidelberg Studies on Transculturality, Band 3). https://doi.org/10.17885/heiup.301.c4107

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Anna Sawerthal, Davide Torri

Imagining the Wild Man: Yeti Sightings in Folktales and Newspapers of the Darjeeling and Kalimpong Hills

Abstract This article aims to explore the entanglements of folktales, trav­el accounts, and newspaper reports involving sightings, encounters, and rumors about the existence of a legendary creature inhabiting the snowy peaks and forested slopes of the Himalayan range. Since time immemo­rial, the yeti complex has been part of the folklore and belief systems of diverse Himalayan communities. With the advent of colonial explorers and administrators, the notion of a mysterious creature started to haunt the imagination of the Western public at large when reports about its exis­tence started to appear and were then widely circulated. From village rit­uals, myths, fables, and stories to the accounts of scholars and travelers, from the pages of local newspapers to global media, the yeti complex has proved to be a very resilient and constantly fascinating mytheme that is able to pervade different discourses, knowledge systems, religious beliefs, folklore, and pop culture.