Ban Manush

Wildman of Central Asia.

Etymology: Hindi (Indo-Aryan), "forest man." Variant names: Bang, Ban-manchhe (in Nepal), Bunmanus, Lidini (for the female), Van-manas (in India), Van-manusha.

Physical description: Height, 4—5 feet. Covered in grayish hair. Face, hands, and feet similar to a human's.

Behavior: Upright gait. Said to carry away both women and men.

Tracks: Found in fields near forests or in the snow.

Distribution: Garhwal Himalayas, India; Jammu and Kashmir State, India; Nepal; Bangladesh.

Sources: James Baillie Fraser, Journal of a Tour through Part of the Snowy Range of the Himala Mountains (London: Rodwell and Martin, 1820), pp. 284, 334, 420; Clark B. Firestone, The Coasts oflllusion: A Study of Travel Tales (New York: Harper, 1924), p. 123; Odette Tchernine, The Yeti (London: Neville Spearman, 1970), pp. 14-15, 22, 40, 175; Kesar Lall, Lore and Legend of the Yeti (Kathmandu: Pilgrims Book House, 1988), pp. 33-37, 52-54.

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