Chu Mung

Variant name for the Yet of Central Asia.

Etymology: Lepcha (Sino-Tibetan), "spirit of the glaciers."

Variant names: Hlo-mung, Thlo-mung ("mountain spirit").

Physical description: Covered in long, dark hair.

Behavior: Solitary. Climbs trees sometimes.

Habitat: High mountains.

Distribution: Himalaya Mountains of eastern Nepal; West Bengal and Sikkim States, India.

Sources: Charles Stonor, The Sherpa and the Snowman (London: Hollis and Carter, 1955), pp. 11-12; René de Nebesky-Wojkowitz, Oracles and Demons of Tibet (The Hague, the Netherlands: Mouton, 1956), p. 344; Halfdan Siiger, "'The Abominable Snowman': Himalayan Religion and Folklore from the Lepchas of Sikkim," in James F. Fisher, ed., Himalayan Anthropology: The Indo-Tibetan Interface (The Hague, the Netherlands: Mouton, 1979).

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