Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Bigfooting as Archetype

"A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man."

                                               --Joseph Campbell, The Hero With A Thousand Faces

The Old English Manuscript of Beowulf
In the vernacular of a post-modern anthropologist like Campbell, a "monomyth" is essentially the hero's journey towards confronting his or her nemesis. Grendel from Beowulf is a perfect example of this cultural tradition.

Grendel is many things: a man eater, a descendant of the biblical Cain, and a being with near supernatural powers. The Spear Danes who live near the swamp that is home to Grendel and his eldritch mother are horrified. Not only does Grendel kill indiscriminately, but he feasts upon the corpses of the fallen men whose lives he slaughters. 

Beowulf is a foreigner who journeys to save the remote Spear Dane hamlet. As such, he has taken a journey even before he arrives on the scene. It is interesting that, in the tale, his dark night of the soul, so to speak, may have started before he even sets out to slay Grendel. The monomyth of Beowulf begins even before the hero arrives at King Hrothgar's mead-hall.   
Was Beowulf essentially a tale of the first "bigfooter?" Perhaps. Most literary critics, college professors, and armchair anthropologists today have no idea that readers of Beowulf (or listeners to the oral tradition) were terrified of real life bog beasts, just as Native Americans were terrified of Bigfoot.  And there is a very good reason for this parallel.
These two monsters belong to the same basic species. Yes, if you want to split hairs, then Grendel might have been more akin to the Russian Almasty, rather than the larger North American sasquatch, but still, the parallel is striking.

Yes, ancient legends can be revisited in modern times. When one considers that the same inspiration for Beowulf (sasquatches) still exists today, Joseph Campbell's interpretation can seem a bit na├»ve and overtly Jungian. 

The most profound chords of horror in Beowulf could never be achieved without a realistic understanding of how people must have felt in ancient times, living in the close proximity to a thing whose haunting presence on the outskirts of "civilization" could not be predicted or anticipated with any degree of assurance. Beowulf captures this dynamic of uncertainty, and builds upon it expertly.
In my opinion, it's possible that the sasquatches displaced from their lands during medieval times behaved differently from their normally reclusive and shy North American brethren. It is worth pointing out that Native Americans learned the fine art of scalping from Europeans who were paid to kill them, and hence harvested scalps to prove how many natives they had slain.
In like manner, contemporary European sasquatches, even if they happened to have been the same species of hominid, may have learned some of their cruelties from the way they were treated by the small, hairless bipeds that chased them systematically out of their homes and tried, with all their might, to slay them.

It is, perhaps, more likely that Europeans were dressing up the myth of sasquatches long before these creatures were transformed into trolls through the magical art of story-telling. 

For instance, Grendel's demonic habit of eating the dead is explained through a Biblical context: he is a descendant of Cain, the accursed, who slew his brother, Abel, in the Torah's account of how the human race started, as well as the desire among humans to murder each other. In this way, the monster of Beowulf, although accursed, is essentially a human being like Beowulf, transformed through magic into a bog beast. 
When hunters find themselves face to face with a sasquatch, very few of them shoot. Most, when asked later why they did not attempt to kill the creature, reply that it "just looked too human to kill." Of course, this mercy also stems from the fact that most sasquatches upon making human contact (inadvertently) immediate desire to exit the scene at the first available opportunity. This type of meek behavior is quite different from the murderous cannibalism of Grendel. 
The troll mythos, which I contend sprang up after the diaspora of sasquatches from their native homes in Northern Europe and Russia, also embodies cannibalism. It's interesting to note that all known ape species (aside from humans) are mostly vegetarian.
Beowulf read in its Old English prose by an ambitious young scholar
A reading from Seamus Heaney's famous translation into modern English

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

"Cattle Vampires" in North Carolina?

Ranchers in North Carolina privately suspect "cattle vampires" responsible for mutilations

I've always been a strong proponent of sharing data and sightings with the Mutual UFO Network. There are certainly some cross-over info that MUFON has, which is of value to bigfoot researchers and vice versa.

The latest oddity was picked up by a game camera in North Carolina where strange lights, as well as eyewitness reports of alien creatures, are beginning to stack up in 2014.

Six days ago, MUFON was contacted by a witness from the sleepy little town of Weaverville. In the report, the individual who called in his report wove a fascinating tale about a "strange being" skulking through a pasture. The details of this sighting can be found below:
I saw something move by a tree just above the lower pasture. I kept my eyes there and 'it' stepped out. Strangest thing I ever saw. It looked really tall, 7 to 10 feet. It looked really skinny - stick like. I could see very long fingers on the hands. It was approximately 20 feet from a cow that it appeared to be watching.
As soon as I moved it sprinted toward the woods at the base of a small mountain/hill. The stride it made was amazing to see. The sprint was more like speed walking - very smooth, quick, long strides almost gliding with leg and knee movement. It was grayish brown and blended perfectly with trees. As I saw it enter the tree line, it paused and looked back over the pasture toward me.
As the sighting occurred, the witness ducked inside to fetch a pair of binoculars in order to see the creature better; however, wouldn't you know it, when he came back outside, the thing was gone.

Tall mysterious "rancher of humans" photographed in crowd

This sighting reminds me of Icelandic folklore regarding "fylgia," which have long been reported to suck blood from livestock. In the case of fylgia, reports have traditionally been chalked up to faeries and elves. It's worth remembering that each age of mankind tends to have different buzzwords for some of the same phenomenon. For example, gray aliens may have been identified as elves in the Middle Ages.

I've personally observed skinny pale white creatures on two occasions in bigfoot hot spots. The first "Gollum-like" thing was spotted in a rock quarry deep in the woods past Goat Mountain, whereas the second was spotted near a bigfoot hotspot on the rocky shores of the Molalla River after dark. On both occasions, there were multiple witnesses that saw the creatures, right along with me.

Here is another article about recent sightings of "cattle vampires": "Vampire Beast" (informally) fingered as culprit in cattle mutilations

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Monday, July 28, 2014

BeachFoot 2014: A Weekend to Remember!

King Hrothgar's Mead Hall Upon Alsea
This summer's BeachFoot was a resounding success and a really fun time. I drove down with Joe Beelart and we had a great conversation in his truck about everything from the Djinn to bigfoots to Joe's memorable (and colorful) experiences in marine corps.
You can find a list of speakers here on the American Primate Foundation website: BeachFoot 2014.

"Oh ape in the tree, come listen to me. My PlotWatcher begs a wish from the magic fish."
I particularly enjoyed chatting with John Bindernagel about his theories on why modern science has been so hesitant to even consider the preponderance of evidence on the Bigfoot Question. John has written extensively about bigfooting and the sciences. We exchanged books happily. I plan to write a formal review of the book I was happy to receive.

"You may kiss the bride, but no tongues please."
I'm sure by now that most of you have heard how Todd Neiss married Diane Stocking on Saturday. The ceremony was touching with so many bigfooters enthusiastically lending their support and celebratory enthusiasm. In fact, the marriage vows concluded with a long kiss followed by everybody in the Ye Olde Hrothgarian Mead Hall offering their best bigfoot calls. Whooooooeeeeeayyyy! 
"A cowboy's job is never done."
Bob Gimlin was in top form despite having recently been bucked off a horse that he was breaking in. I was happy to see him walking around when many men half his age might have limped or nursed their bruises. I felt fortunate to play one of Denise's famous drums in a special ceremony for Bob on Saturday night when a drum was presented to him. In fact, Denise went on to offer a drum as a wedding gift for Todd and Diane on Sunday in yet another very special ceremony.
I plan to write a blog entry about Denise's drums in the near future. They are extremely unique and beautiful to hear and a joy to play.
"Did you say you've had not one, but TWO sightings?"
Of course, Peter Byrne was in top form, as well. I enjoyed talking with him about his latest writing projects, as well as fine bourbon. It's always a pleasure to visit with Peter.
"Sometimes you have to lose yourself 'fore you can find anything."
Speaking of bigfoot hot spots, the Alsea river is no stranger to activity. Although I didn't hear any knocks at night, I really enjoyed the campground that is situated bucolically on a rare slice of  hinterlands that rest between rural farmsteads and coast range wilderness. It was quite a haul to get down to the Alsea from Portland, but once there I could certainly appreciate the natural beauty and logistics of the campground; it's just the right size to host 100 select guests and their tents, RV's, and vehicles.
Saturday grew swelteringly hot by late afternoon, so I took the opportunity to dip myself in the river seven times. The slow, meandering body of water plays host to a fairly respectable contingent of crayfish. I saw more than a couple of their shells sprinkled here and there along a forest path down to the river's edge. Their shells were uncharacteristically bright red in color, as if the boiling water of some crawdad feed must have lightened them in color, but, no, they were the same essential color underwater, as the watery little beasts approached my bare toes territorially. My big toe is pleased to report that no claws clamped down upon it. 
"I should have been a pair of ragged claws scuttling across the floors of silent seas," quoth the crayfish.
In the hills south of Salem, where I grew up, crawdads all seemed to have dingy brown shells. I rarely deigned to eat them. And since we're on the subject, I used to hang out with a drummer from the old prog rock band called The Godfathers. He claimed to have once snuck into Buckingham Palace's grounds (a serious crime) and fished for crawdads. After eating them, he grew so ill that he was eventually hospitalized. Talk about bugbear ancient karma getting him back for trespassing and poaching. Ugh. How many exotic germs, one wonders, had flowed out of royal toilets into Ye Olde Tarn filled with infected claw-wielding vermin? 
Ever since I heard that guy's story of ersatz rebellion (he's American) and a short lived victorious "nicking" of game from royal grounds, I've steered clear of crayfish. Then again, the Alsea is pristine when compared with a tarn filled by effluent that flows like pancake syrup through the ancient plumbing of Buckingham Palace! And, in all honesty, the guy in question was quite a lout. He "nicked" some of my best books while visiting my house and drinking my whisky, not least of which included a first edition Lord of the Rings matching set--dust covers and all. As for why I'm recounting this old story of crayfish and High Nickery, I know not.  
Ron Morehead's new book discusses his first-hand inspection of the Paracas skulls in Peru
I'm glad that I made time for BeachFoot in my busy schedule this summer. It was really cool to hang with the Randles, the Moreheads, the Meachams, Guy Edwards, Tanya Barba, Rictor Riolo, Todd and Diane, the Bindernagles, Tom Yamarone, Paul Graves, Oliver Kirk, and so many more good people. 
What a great time and a rewarding chance to mingle with dedicated bigfooters from every walk of life. Thanks to Todd and Dianne for making 2014 BeachFoot happen . . . and congrats on a harmonious union of husband and wife!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Impact of Religous Accoutrements Upon Sasquatches

While squatching, I don't recommend using iconographic candles with religious imagery on them, particularly depictions of Jesus Christ; the old Scandinavian wives' tale about trolls (sasquatches) avoiding displays of Christianity is actually true; likewise, if you would like sasquatches to leave you alone, and you are, more or less, a Christian, banish them as you would a ghost or a spirit by invoking the name "Jesus Christ," in addition to shining the brightest flashlight you possess in their general direction.

Even cell phone illumination is better than nothing, as is turning on electronic devices. Followers of other religions might well have the same luck by calling out the name of God in their religions (Jehovah, Allah, Elohim, etc.) in an attempt to banish unwanted sasquatch encroachment that comes "too close for comfort."

Use of Iconography, Prayers, and Invocations
Like djinn, sasquatches DO react to prayers and displays of faith, even when the speaker is not terribly religious. You may have heard the statement that there are no atheists in foxholes. Well, the same goes for supernatural activity that threatens one's wellbeing, such as stone throwing, infrasound blasting, and simply coming too near.

I have indeed repelling sasquatch activity that has made me uncomfortable by praying the Lord's Prayer, singing hymns, etc., especially when my heart was racing too fast and I felt faint due to infrasound blasting. And for those readers that are put off by the fact that sasquatches are repelled by the name of Jesus Christ, whether such readers are atheists or highly religious, my advice is the same: Experiment for yourselves. I am not trying to push my experiences on you. I am merely relating them for your benefit.

My opinions are largely based upon personal experience. I've gone bigfooting well over one hundred times in my life. I'm the kind of person who notices patterns of squatch behavior when they emerge. Every good squatcher would do well to do the same.

A Practical Guide to "Mooncraft"

Drawing Down the Moon
Before you label this section of my lecture as being "New Age" stop to consider that the German name for science is literally "knowledge-craft." In a way, that appellation is far more appropriate than our Latinate term "scientia," from which our word science is derived. Sciencia means knowledge. Knowing how to use the moon, as well as darkness, is an important skill for any rudimentary bigfoot enthusiast to master.

I recommend using candles at picnic tables and even while backpacking. Natural fires and candles do not keep sasquatches away. Why? Because such sources of light cannot be directed manually. The tone of a fire is different from that of artificial sources of light. Fires also occur in nature. Light bulbs do not. The glow of a campfire or a candle is predictable and is usually fairly feeble, especially when compared to a two million candle search light.

Such devices are becoming quite light and inexpensive these days. Eye shine is not as conspicuous with natural fires and candles, either. Sasquatches know such things. I believe this knowledge is passed from parents to children. I also think that young juveniles experiment by visiting human campsites to witness "annoying" contrivances of humanity first-hand.

For the young sasquatch, creeping near humans at night could be not unlike human teenagers watching a horror film that features CGI monsters. It's worth remembering that to every other animal in the forest, human beings are decidedly supernatural. That's why I get such a kick out of people who write off the potential supernatural accoutrements of sasquatches that differ from those of humanity.  

Harnessing the Moon's Power
There are two ways of squatching at night: the first is to let them come to you, and the second is to venture out on your own. One third method that I've used, it to sit atop a hill or tree stump, with a commanding view of a field with elk or deer grazing. A field that contains edibles, such as arrow root, swampy plants, tubers, and mushrooms, can also be a winner. Years ago, I made an effort to use hunters' scents, such as pine, to mask my odor.

Later in my squatching "career," I simply tried to keep my use of deodorants and mosquito repellent to a minimum. Sasquatches do not seem to be as scent-centric as most other creatures of the night. Try wearing mosquito netting/clothes instead of the bug spray. Even a squatch can smell "Off" from quite a distance away.

Choose a place that is visible with first or last quarter moonlight or less. Your chances for a surprise sighting are greater that way. I also recommend that you do not sit around thinking obtrusive thoughts. Let your mind become peaceful. Catnap. Don't go to sleep, but rest in a placid, peaceful way. Your thoughts can give you away to an alert squatch. However, if a squatch has not been in the area that you have "staked out," then you could conceivably catch it off guard, especially if its thoughts are immersed in foot gathering or some errand.

Some of my most dramatic encounters occurred not only when the moon was a mere sliver or dark, but also when the area was swaddled in fog or mist. Keep that in mind. I know it sounds preposterous, but a weather report in autumn that predicts heavy fog is IDEAL for squatching, especially if the moon is fairly dark.

At any rate, phases of the moon DO matter when squatching. Any intelligent and well-prepared squatcher will see fit to carry a lunar calendar. If you don't have one, check online when you plan your next squatching trip. It's worth remembering that squatchers from the previous generations (70's and earlier) often neglected this all important tool, and that is why their results were often fairly underwhelming.

While camping up by Mt. Adams in Washington state with friends, I've had sasquatches approach my camp while my girlfriend and I were sitting at the table chatting just after dark. All we had in camp for illumination were candles.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Lunatic Fringe

The word "lunatic" has a direct relationship with the moon. Why? Well, for starters, full moons are notorious for increasing the aggressive behavior of humans at night. Completely illuminated discs--especially harvest moons, blue moons, and solar eclipses--are said to exercise magickal  effects upon the known terrestrial world, as well as the unknown.

Some folks might call you "crazy" for asserting that the full moon has a magickal influence on the human mind. Be this as it may, the verdict on such esoteric matters is still out.

Policeman with ample experience assert that crime rates go up dramatically during full moons, especially in summer time. I think there is probably a very logical explanation for this trend: human beings can see better during full moons. Thus, criminals (hunters) and revelers (victims) are more likely to stay out at night during a full moon; in other words, people not only tend to stay up and out during a full moon, but they also tend to stay more active.

The same cannot be said for sasquatches and nocturnal animals; they prefer the dark. Why? If they are herbivores, it gives them more "cover" to hide from predators. If they are predators, it gives them the ability to sneak up on their prey. Full moons are too bright for many nocturnal animals to feel comfortable. After all, their day is our night.

Would you want to walk off-trail in the deep woods without a flashlight on a moonless night? For many creatures of the night, a full moon spells beware with a capital "B." Darkness makes them feel safe in much the same way bright days make us feel safe.

Sasquatches are no different, especially where people tend to spend time in the wilderness, or in places with resident human populations. For squatches, humans are pretty much the only "animal" that poses a threat to their safety. We rule the day, and they rule the night.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Phases of the Moon & Squatching

Nocturnal Nomenclature
Any squatcher worth is or her salt has an opinion about activity in relation to lunar phases. Why? Because only loosers go squatching predominately in the daytime.
The moon is the biggest heavenly variable once the sun has gone down for the evening. This said, nocturnal field researchers would do well to consider the following additional factors:
  • Precipitation
  • Clarity/fog
  • Temperature
  • Time of year
  • Solar activity (flares, etc.)
Believe it or not, lunar phases are also linked to solar activity. After all, the moon is simply a reflection of the sun's radiation in visible as well as invisible spectrums of light. Solar flares cause "northern lights" in addition to stirring up magnetic forces and other non-visible spectrums in the sky. Animals are sensitive to such things that humans may not be.
As an aside, I can attest to the fact that I am quite sensitive to certain types of solar flares, as are many types of other animals. During a period with record flare activity, I was screaming in pain on the floor of my home with an unbearable headache that lasted for about thirty minutes and then disappeared as if it had never happened with no long term ill effects. At the time, my brain felt as if it was being split apart, unlike any other headache I've ever felt. My dog was also affected. She was running around the house nervously the whole time that I was suffering. I should say that I never usually get headaches unless I am severely dehydrated.
During the period of my "attack," I thought I was suffering from a horrible malady until, the very next day when I read online that record solar flares had occurred at precisely the same time in the early afternoon on the previous day. I only write this brief aside to attest to the fact that things like solar flares can and do affect the behavior of sasquatches. I will discuss my findings on this subject in a later blog post.
Of course, the list of nocturnal variables can go on and on, but the above list identifies major ones that have impacted quite a few of my squatching successes and failures. 
Reading the Night Sky
Now, let's address the specific phases of the moon and how they may or may not impact squatch activity.

It's been my experience that squatches tend to approach humans more when the moon is closest to being new (dark). As for waxing and waning cycles, I haven't personally noticed a difference in activity.

Any nocturnal creature can see quite easily with even a sliver of moonlight. A full moon to animals (and squatches) of the night is tantamount to high noon to humans. In other words, such animals often approach a human cautiously as if the human possesses adequate night vision (which we do not).

Squatches, on the other hand, are fully capable of gauging human behavior accordingly. They notice how people tend to stumble around even with adequate lunar illumination. So do top tier predators like cougars.

As a squatcher with over twenty years of experience, I've noticed that a pattern seems to emerge in hot spots with plenty of activity. Dusk and dawn are times when sasquatches vocalize more often, assumedly in an attempt to locate each other (although I am of the opinion that they also rely heavily upon telepathic communication with each other). Most sasquatches assumedly "rise" from their rest just after dusk. In other words, the chapter of  their "day" begins as ours closes.

That's right: their day is our night. The moon is their sun and our sun is a natural element that leaves them feeling vulnerable, exposed, and perhaps even weak, at least to some degree, possibly due to the self-sabotage of feeling "ill at ease." Humans feel the same tug at night when we literally fall from a top predator to somewhere down around the middle of the hierarchy. A sasquatch sighted in broad daylight on a road with humans around--particularly humans armed with rifles--is certainly in danger, barring the use of cloaking and/or other "supernatural" abilities. It is possible that sasquatch cloaking is compromised, at least to some degree, in the daytime.

During an expedition I hosted, one good friend of mine (whose father was the primary librarian to President Jimmy Carter in the White House) witnessed a fully cloaked sasquatch step (and snap) a large tree branch on the road at approximately four o'clock in the afternoon near Tillicum swamp in Washington. He claimed to have been standing about twenty feet from the branch on the dirt road that snapped loudly in front of him. He came running down the road into the campsite and insisted that I return to the spot with him. I picked up the branch and smelled it: freshly broken.

That singular event made quite an impression on my friend. In fact, his estimation of bigfooting went from good natured skepticism to leery acceptance in one day, despite his having heard vocalizations with me on other occasions. The distant (but very powerful) vocalizations (ape-like roaring) did not make nearly as big of an impression as a fully cloaked sasquatch practically standing next to my friend. He also claimed to have seen a shadow that was cast by the creature. Assumedly, a "moon shadow" at night, even during a fully illuminated lunar disc, would not have been nearly as visible to the naked human eye.

Phases of the moon can impact how quickly and how close sasquatches will approach your camp. If the moon is full, and they are curious (most often juveniles are the most curious), they will often wait for you to turn into your tent for the night before coming near. Or they may stay atop a nearby hill or vantage point and never come very close.

When the moon is dark or merely a sliver, sasquatches are much more likely to come closer more quickly after nightfall. If you are camping in a site with excessive tree canopy coverage that brings down light levels then this might encourage sasquatches to come closer while you are still up and stirring around your camp.

Copyright, Kirk Edward Sigurdson, 2014