Cax Vinic

Wildman of Mexico.

Etymology: Mayan, possibly from c'as or kaax ("bush" or "wild") + vinic ("man").

Variant names: Cangodrilo, Fantasma humano (Spanish, "human phantom"), Hombre oso (Spanish, "bear-man").

Physical description: Covered in black or brown hair. Glowing eyes.

Behavior: Nocturnal. Emits a loud, threatening cry.

Distribution: Sierra Madre, Chiapas State, Mexico. Rumors exist of other Mexican wild-men from Chihuahua to Veracruz States.

Significant sighting: W. C. Slater reported finding humanlike tracks ("the size of a small woman's hand") in the snow at an altitude of 6,500 feet on Volcán Popocatepetl, near Mexico City, in the 1930s. Local people attributed them to the "men of the snows."

Sources: W. C. Slater (letter), "The 'Abominable Snowmen': Footprints in Mexico," Times (London), August 2, 1937, p. 6; Ivan T. Sanderson, Abominable Snowmen: Legend Come to Life (Philadelphia: Chilton, 1961), pp. 157-158; Scott Corrales, "Paranormal Manimals in Latin America," html.

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