Ksy Gyik

Wildm an of Central Asia.

Scientific name: Primihomo asiaticus, proposed by V. A. Khakhlov in 1914.

Etymology: From the Kyrgyz (Turkic) kishi ("man") + giik ("wild" or "powerful").

Variant names: Kiik-adam, Kiik-kish, Kish-kiik, Kishi-kiyik.

Physical description: Height, 5 feet. Covered with dark-brown or yellowish, shaggy hair. Sloping forehead. Arched browridges. Small nose with large nostrils. Ears are large, lobeless, and backward-pointing. Massive lower jaw. No chin. A hump on the back of the neck. Long arms. Stoop-shouldered. Female has breasts.

Behavior: Runs awkwardly, swinging its arms. Screeches. Eats raw meat, vegetables, and grain. Drinks water by lapping or by dipping its arm in water and lapping up the drips. Lives in rock shelters strewn with grass. Sleeps by squatting on its knees and elbows, resting its forehead on the ground, and placing its wrists over its head.

Tracks: Short and broad. Splayed toes. Large toe smaller than a human's.

Distribution: The Altai Mountains of Kazakhstan; the Kirgiz Steppe around Astana and Qaraghandy, Kazakhstan; the Chatkal and Alai Mountains of Kyrgyzstan; the Junggar Pendi depression in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, northern China.

Significant sightings: The young Russian zoologist V. A. Khakhlov spent much of 1911 and 1912 with Kazakh herders in the area around Zaysan Koli and the Tarbagatay Mountains, Kazakhstan, with an excursion into neighboring Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China. During this time, he collected valuable data from two Kazakhs who served as his guides and who had seen the creatures at various times.

In July 1948, a Kazakh herder named Mad'yer showed geologist A. P. Agafonov the preserved hand of a wildman that his grandfather had killed in the Chatkal Mountains of Kyrgyzstan, probably in the mid-nineteenth century. The creature had tried to carry off his young wife, so he killed it with his hunting knife and cut off the hand as a trophy. Agafonov said the hand was human and covered with long, sparse hairs except on the palm. Boris Porshnev attempted to locate the hand in 1963, but Mad'yer had died, and his heir pretended not to know of the relic.

In August 1948, geologist M. A. Stronin was

284 ksy-gyik camped in a remote area of the Alai Mountains near the Inyl'chek River in Kyrgyzstan when his guides woke him in alarm. A Kiik-kish with thick, yellowish hair was trying to steal their horses, but it ran away on two legs down an extremely steep slope.

In the summer of 2001, a Kyrgyz frontier guard in the Alai Mountains discovered a set of human tracks 18 inches long and 12 inches wide in the clay bank of a river.

Sources: Vitaly A. Khakhlov, ["On the Question of Wild Men: Preliminary Note"], unpublished report in the Archives of the Akademiia Nauk, Historical-Philological Section, 1914, possibly still in the Akademiia archives, St. Petersburg or Moscow, Russia; Ivan T. Sanderson, Abominable Snowmen: Legend Come to Life (Philadelphia: Chilton, 1961), pp. 307-308, 313-318; Bernard Heuvelmans and Boris F. Porshnev, L'homme de NĂ©anderthal est toujours vivant (Paris: Plon, 1974), pp. 49-64, 141, 150-161; "Bigfoot's Footprints Found in Kyrgyzia Republic," Pravda, August 29, 2001.

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