618-907 - Chinese
historical documents, and many city and town annals, contain abundant
records of the Chinese Wildman, which are given various names," states
Zhou Guoxing of
the Beijing Museum of Natural History.
Two thousand years ago, the poet-statesman
Qu Yuan made many references to Shangui (mountain ogres) in his verses.
Li Yanshow, a historian who lived during the T'Ang Dynasty (A.D. 618-907),
stated that the forests of Hubei province sheltered a band of wildmen.
(Zhou, Guoxing 1982, p. 13).
These creatures or ogres have figured in
central and southern Chinese culture for centuries.
The yeh-ren is said
to be a biped (upright walking creature) generally described at six-feet
tall, with considerable
pelage of orange-pinkish tinge to red-brown in color. The footprints are
large, 14 to 16 inches in length and 6 to 7 inches wide.
Guoxing has written extensively about this phenomenon.
Guoxing is a well-known Chinese paleoanthropologist and archaeologist;
educated at Fudan University, in Shanghai.
In 1962, he was appointed to
the scientific staff of the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology
of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, in Beijing.
In 1979, he joined the
Beijing Natural History Museum, where he is now head of the Department
of Anthropology and deputy director of the Museum.
He has investigated
in depth the question of the Yeh-ren or wildman; a Sasquatch-like primate
reported in China for centuries, and he has participated in fieldwork
in search of further evidence.
126 Tian Qiao South Street
Beijing Natural History Museum
Beijing 100050, China
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