Metoh Kangmi

Alternate name for the YeTI of Central Asia.

Etymology: Kangmi (a contracted form of gongs mi) is Sherpa (Sino-Tibetan) for "snow or glacier man." Metoh is an unknown or corrupt word, though Ram Kumar Panday says it means "unwashed." Swami Pranavananda claims metoh means "abominable" and is a variant of Mi-Teh, which he defines as "man-bear" because the creature can walk bipedally; he says the term refers to the red or isabelline variety of the Brown bear (Ursos arctos). In modern Tibetan, mi sdug means "disgusting." See ABOMINABLE


Variant name: Kangmi. Distribution: Tibet; Nepal. Sources: V. d'Auvergne, "My Experiences in Tibet," Bihar and Orissa Research Society Journal 26, no. 2 (1940): 101-119; Ralph Izzard, The Abominable Snowman Adventure (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1955), pp. 28-29; Swami Pranavananda, "The Abominable Snowman," Journal ofthe Bombay Natural History Society 54 (1957): 358-364; Ram Kumar Panday, Yeti Accounts: Snowman's Mystery and Fantasy (Kathmandu: Ratna Pustak Bhandar, 1994).

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