Bar Manu

Wildman of Central Asia.

Etymology: Probably Gujari (Indo-Aryan), "big, hairy one" or "strong, muscular man."

Physical description: Muscular. Sometimes squat and plump. Covered with dark-brown hair except for eyes, nose, cheeks, knees, palms, and soles. Huge head. Receding forehead. Protruding eyebrows. Large, flat nose. Prominent cheekbones. Wide mouth. Massive neck. Small chin. Wide feet.

Behavior: Agile. Short, gutteral, or high-pitched loud cries ("aha") but no articulate speech. Foul body odor. Omnivorous.

Tracks: Humanlike. Turned inward.

Habitat: Forested regions, especially at an altitude of 6,500-9,800 feet.

Distribution: Shishi Kuh Valley, near Chitral, North-West Frontier Province, Pakistan.

Significant sightings: In September 1977, goatherd Purdum Khan watched a Bar-manu for two hours at an altitude of 7,600 feet in the Hindu Kush Range in Pakistan's North-West Frontier Province. It was a young male, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, sitting and eating ant larvae. Its penis was large and erect.

Tracks were found in 1994 by a French expedition led by Jordi Magraner.

Possible explanation: Very few fossil hominid remains have been found in the area, with the exception of Selungur Cave, Kyrgyzstan, where possible Homo erectus remains dating to 125,000 years ago were found, and Darra-I-Kur Cave, Afghanistan, where archaic modern human bones and artifacts were recovered.

Sources: Jordi Magraner, Notes sur les hominidés reliques d'Asie centrale, district de Chitral, NWFP, Pakistan (Paris: Jordi Magraner, 1992); Éric Joly and Pierre Affre, Les monstres sont vivants: Enquête sur des créatures "impossibles" (Paris: Bernard Grasset, 1995), pp. 79-89; Jordi Magraner, "Oral Statements Concerning Living Unknown Hominids: Analysis, Criticism, and Implications for Language Origins," bigfoot/biology/jordi.htm; Michel Raynal, "Jordi Magraner's Field Research on the Bar-manu: Evidence for the Authenticity of Heuvelmans's Homo pongoides," Crypto Hominology Special, no. 1 (April 7, 2001), pp. 98-103, at crypto/Cryptohominids.pdf.

wearing animal skins and abducting the occasional shepherdess. One day, the villagers lured them with a trap and killed them.

A 6-foot-tall apemanlike creature was seen in the Pyrenees Mountains of Huesca Province, Spain, in May 1979. Some workers saw it sitting in a tree and making animal noises. It came down and threw a tree trunk at them, whereupon they fled.

A mountain climber named Juan Ramó Ferrer saw a reddish apelike creature near Bielsa, Huesca Province, in the spring of 1994. It jumped from tree to tree and squealed.

Sources: Vicente de Arana, Los últimos iberos: Leyendas de Euskaria (Madrid: Librería de Fernando Fé, 1882); ABC (Spanish national newspaper), May 16, 1979; José María Satrústegui, Mitos y creencias (San Sebastián, Spain: Editorial Sendoa, 1983); Ulrich Magin, "The European Yeti," Pursuit, no. 74 (1986): 64-66; Sergio de la Rubia-Muñoz, "Wild Men in Spain," INFO Journal, no. 72 (Winter 1995): 22-25; Connaissances sur les Pyrénées,; Le Pog des Iretges, iretges.html.

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