Sasquatch Filmed In California Forest

Cryptomundo - 4 hours 9 min ago
In this video, a woman claims to have caught a Bigfoot on video in a forest in California. What do the Cryptomundians think?
Categories: Fortean

Teenager Has an Upclose Yowie Encounter

Cryptomundo - Tue, 19/08/2014 - 7:52pm
Ian recollects an encounter he had when he was a teenager while living near the rural New South Wales town of Kiah, SSW of Eden. It is an encounter he says he will never forget, and often reminisces to this day. Years on, he asked various locals if they also had encounters and found he was not the only one. He adds towards the end of the interview, he feels privileged for the experience.
Categories: Fortean

About That Sykes’ Yeti DNA Study

Cryptomundo - Tue, 19/08/2014 - 5:35pm
Michael Merchant, one of the contestants and finalists on Spike TV's 10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty, offers his opinion on Dr. Bryan Sykes’ Yeti DNA Study.
Categories: Fortean

Bigfoot Decoy Succeeds?

Cryptomundo - Tue, 19/08/2014 - 3:18pm
"Bigfoot decoy/lawn décor" attracts a white Bigfoot in Phenix City, Alabama.
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Did King Kong Inspire the Loch Ness Monster?

Cryptomundo - Tue, 19/08/2014 - 12:33pm
They are the 20th Century's most monstrous icons and have sparked fear and fascination from the Highlands to Hollywood. But now it has been claimed that King Kong gave birth to the myth of the Loch Ness monster.
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And Now a Word from Our Sponsers…

Cryptomundo - Mon, 18/08/2014 - 7:55pm
One of our sponsors, Sasquatch Coffee, is giving away swag with purchase of their coffee...
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Bob Gimlin Interview

Cryptomundo - Mon, 18/08/2014 - 5:50pm
After Hours with Rictor interviews Bob Gimlin at Brachfoot last month.
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Petition to Place Bigfoot/Sasquatch on the Endangered Species List

Cryptomundo - Mon, 18/08/2014 - 3:14pm
Everyone is aware that there are factions in the bigfoot world hellbent on killing a sasquatch to offer as proof of their existence. I am, and have always been against this type of thinking.
Categories: Fortean

The Sasquatch Listening Project 2014: Return to the Ravine

Cryptomundo - Mon, 18/08/2014 - 12:27pm
The Sasquatch Listening Project aims to learn about the species in the least invasive way possible, through extensive audio recording. Not only is this the least invasive method, it also promises to be the most fruitful, in that Sasquatch will not permit themselves to be videotaped or studied on-site along the lines of anthropological (or even traditional primatological), research.
Categories: Fortean

Champing at the Bit: The Search Continues

Cryptomundo - Sun, 17/08/2014 - 5:33pm
Champ Search founder Katy Elizabeth Huling says the Lake Champlain monster has already been sighted several times this summer.
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Fathom Frontiers Searches Cuyahoga Valley National Park for Bigfoot

Cryptomundo - Sun, 17/08/2014 - 1:52pm
Hike along with Jesse and Alan from Fathom Frontiers as they resume their search for the elusive Ohio Grassman at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park with Seth Breedlove. Part two.
Categories: Fortean

Sasquatch Salvaging Walrus Carcass Illustrated

Cryptomundo - Sun, 17/08/2014 - 1:30pm
Alaskan artist Robroy Menzies has illustrated what was a popular story posted here on Cryptomundo: Sasquatch Salvaging Walrus Carcass Caught on Video?
Categories: Fortean

Civil War Cryptozoology

Cryptomundo - Sat, 16/08/2014 - 10:35pm
Coming August 19th from Columbus Press and author Samuel Snoek-Brown is a novel that takes place during the Civil War in Louisiana which draws on Creole culture and the myth of the Rougarou, the Louisiana werewolf.
Categories: Fortean

More things in heaven and earth ...

Michael Prescott - Sat, 16/08/2014 - 6:24pm

I recently read Stafford Betty's new book, Heaven and hell Unveiled, a follow-up to his earlier effort, The Afterlife Unveiled (discussed here). In both books, Professor Betty, who teaches religious studies at California State University in Bakersfield, compiles excerpts from channeled literature to provide an overview of the next world.

It's an interesting read, and I recommend it. Though I've read a fair amount of channeled material, much of what Betty includes was new to me. I was particularly intrigued by an extended excerpt that purportedly originated from a soul who'd experienced hellish conditions. The case was that of a spoiled young woman who deliberately sabotaged a female friend's marriage out of spite, and ended up wrecking three lives. After passing on, she finds herself trapped in darkness with only her thoughts as companions - a fitting state of affairs for someone whose earthly life was characterized by narcissistic self-absorption. After a very long time in the dark she is able to approach the still-living man whose marriage she broke up, only to find herself unable to communicate with him. This, for her, is an agony worse than solitude. We are told that she eventually found a path to redemption, though the details are not specified. The whole narrative, as a depiction of a soul trapped in a prison of its own making, strikes me as far more credible than the gruesome tableaus of torture and fire offered by evangelical preachers and Dante's Inferno.

For more details on the book, I'd suggest reading Michael Tymn's excellent review at the Amazon sales page.

On a personal level, I have somewhat mixed feelings about channeled material of this kind. By its nature it cannot be verified; it lacks the evidential qualities of mediumistic communications about earthly matters. Though there is a fair degree of consistency in the reports, there are also glaring inconsistencies, as Betty concedes; most notably, there are considerable differences of opinion on reincarnation. There also are details I find hard to accept - the idea, for instance (not specifically mentioned in Betty's excerpts, but often found in the literature), that spirits spend their leisure time attending new plays by Shakespeare and new symphonies by Mozart. I suppose this is not impossible (though it would be interesting to know just who they mean by Shakespeare), but it strikes me as a bit silly, almost like a child's conception. Then again, Jesus said one must be like a little child to enter the kingdom of heaven ...

The overarching point stressed by Heaven and Hell Unveiled is that the ultimate purpose of souls is loving service to others. This is another aspect of the channeled literature that leaves me somewhat nonplussed. There is, for one thing, a certain worrying circularity to it: if A's purpose is to serve B, and B's purpose is to serve A, then what overall purpose is there? On a more personal note, I find the idea of ceaseless service rather off-putting. As someone who has spent an inordinate amount of time in recent years caring for ill relatives, I'm not sure I would look forward to an eternity of altruism. There's such a thing as caregiver burnout, even when the care-giving lasts only a decade or so. A trillion millennia of it would exhaust even the most bountiful spirit, I would think. Isn't there any room in the next world for creative work, artistic inspiration, scientific discovery? Well, maybe that's where those Shakespeare plays and Mozart symphonies come in. But then we're back to the "boggle threshold," at least in my case.

For me, the bottom line is that much of this material probably reflects some kind of existential reality, but it has probably been contaminated by subconscious beliefs and prejudices, and possibly by telepathically or clairvoyantly acquired information, as well. Just how much of it is trustworthy, and how much is an imaginative construction built on spiritualist tropes that go back at least as far as Emanuel Swedenborg's writings, is impossible to say.

In the 19th century it was the practice for newspapers to print reports that could not yet be verified under the disclaimer, "Important If True." The Victorian writer Alexander Kingslake opined that churches should have the same motto chiseled above their entrances. I'd argue that the words apply equally well to channeled scripts that lack any empirical means of verification. They probably do point in the general direction of the truth - there is enough consistency in them, and enough consistency with NDEs and deathbed visions, to suggest that much. But when it comes to the details, even details as large as reincarnation and the ultimate purpose of existence, we may just have to wait to find out.

Categories: Fortean

Update: BC Sasquatch Conference

Cryptomundo - Sat, 16/08/2014 - 4:59pm
Bigfoot gathering in Maple Ridge, BC on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014.
Categories: Fortean

Chautauqua Lake Bigfoot Event Slated for October

Cryptomundo - Sat, 16/08/2014 - 1:27pm
Yes back to Chautauqua Lake this year for the weekend of October 24th –26th.
Categories: Fortean

Hominid

Cryptomundo - Fri, 15/08/2014 - 7:57pm
Official trailer for the upcoming short film "Hominid". Hominid tells the story of two ambitious young primatologists who have been green lit for an 8 week research trip to the Northern Cascades of Washington State, to either prove or debunk the Sasquatch myth once and for all.
Categories: Fortean

CryptoCast Archive: Swamp Monsters and Monsters Underground

Cryptomundo - Fri, 15/08/2014 - 5:42pm
Archive from last Sunday's show with guests Bill Brock and Elliot Guidry.
Categories: Fortean

Bigfoot Wars Red Carpet Premiere

Cryptomundo - Fri, 15/08/2014 - 3:33pm
On August 23rd, Bigfoot Wars will premiere on the big screen in NC.
Categories: Fortean

Commuter Confronts a Yowie

Cryptomundo - Fri, 15/08/2014 - 12:40pm
On a typical Weekday at 4.15am in the morning, while still dark, the Witness leaves his Woodford home to catch a train to work. The property is surrounded by bush and valleys. Although not known to the Witness at the time, the area is notorious for Yowie Sightings. As he walked up the driveway, he was confronted by a figure that was estimated to be 7'3" and solid. It seemed as startled as the Witness, before it retreated into the forest.
Categories: Fortean