Having recently realized that I almost never mention Lord Rama on this weblog, I have been reviewing the Ramayana and reading about the different scriptures in which Hanuman, the devotee of Rama, appears. I have always been interested in why Hanuman is depicted as a half-monkey, half-human being. In doing so I came upon an interesting theory online:
Is the illusive some would say mythic “Yeti” a descendant of Hanuman?
Just the other day I was flipping channels on TV when I stopped for just long enough to hear a man say the words “I know why bigfoot’s never been caught. He has the ability to disappear.” I found this so gut-bustingly funny that I immediately went into the other room and reported it to my wife. Now I don’t want to guide this blog in such a way that before you know it we’re talking about UFOs and aliens (which I believe in). All I know is the next day I read the Hanuman/Bigfoot theory. At that point I suddenly found the talk of Bigfoot interesting and even a little less funny.
My take is Lord Rama’s main devotee Hanuman probably was not half-monkey. Probably, either the story of Hanuman and his semi- anthropomorphic form came from people seeing a Yeti in the Himalayas and coming to the conclusion it was a deity and thereby incorporating this into the Rama story, OR the Yeti is the descendent of Hanuman. If so then hopefully this blog will inspire the “Unsolved Mysteries” crowd to look upon the unexplained in a little more of a spiritual light.