Giant Hominid of East Asia.

Etymology: Mandarin Chinese (Sino-Tibetan), "mountain monster."

Variant names: Shän da-ren ("big man of the mountain"), Shan tu (in Vietnam).

Distribution: Southern China; northern Vietnam.

Significant sightings: The poet Qu Yuan (340-278 B.C.) wrote a poem about the Shan gui.

Sources: Bernard E. Read, Chinese Materia Medica: From the P}en ts'ao kang mu Li Shih-chen, A.D. 1597(Beijing: Peking Natural History Bulletin, 1931), pt. 51; Zhou Guoxing, "The Status of Wildman Research in China," Cryptozoology 1 (1982): 13-23.

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