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Nyalmu, Nyalmo, Nyulmo and Nylamo

Nyalmu, Nyalmo, Nyulmo and Nylamo are common verbiage used on the Tibetan side of the Himalayas; a term used for a wild hominoid creature the tallest one being four and half meters high. (Kesar Lall)

The nyalmo, according to Tibetan Lama named Punyabayra gave the name of this rare but immense creature and maintains that the Tibetan people have always known of its existence.

The Lama's description of the other types, the Rimi (dzu teh of Nepal) and the rackshi bompo (the meh-teh) correspond nicely to the Nepalese descriptions.

These creatures live in the Barun Khola Valley where they are said to be both well tempered and numerous yet still elusive and nocturnal. They are not aggressive, but they are often blamed for the offenses of a marauding much shorter yeti. The yeti is more ape like than the manish nyalmo or nylamo and is found only in the Himalayas and China...

According to this same Tibetan Lama, the three species: rimi is approximately 2.5 meters tall (8.2 feet); nyalmo is approximately 4.5 meters tall (14.763 feet tall) and rakshi-bompo is 1.5 meters tall (4.921 feet tall).

Despite differences in size, the three species have one general resemblance: black or russet-red hair, sometimes reported as gray; all of them reportedly smell terrible and each one has exceedingly strong physical attributes. Yak herders often observe the creatures; they report the creatures, regardless of size have the capability to launch rocks with ease, skill and remarkable accuracy. Their caves and ground dwellings contain bones and sharpened rock or wooden tools, some fashioned as lances or arrows.

Lama Punyabayra, it is said, took his work and fled Tibet for India at the beginning of the Maoist Chinese take-over and subsequent occupation of Tibet.

Much of the early writtenTibetan history and cultural notations were hidden in high ranges or taken with other Lamas during their escape to Northern India. (Punyabayra)

Kesar Lall's spelling for the Nyalmu is Nepalese according to Bhutanese author Künzang Choden, and is according to her, a very powerful hair-covered creature believed to eat other animals and livestock. The nyalmu does not attack the Butanese people. (K. Choden)


Lall, Kesar "Lore. Legend of the Yeti" 1988 Tiwari's Pilgrims, Kathmandu, Nepal
Lall, Kesar "The Yeti" 1973 Kathmandu
Lall, Kesar "A Passage to Everest," Kathmandu, The Rising Nepal July 27, 1966

Choden, Kunsang "Bhutanese Tales of the Yeti" White Lotus, 1994

Kunwar, Ramesh Raj, "The Sherpas: Fire of Himal, An Anthropological Study of the Sherpas of Nepal Himalayan Region."

Dong, Paul "The Four Major Mysteries of Mainland China," Prentice-Hall 1984

Sir Edmund Hillary and Desmond Doig mention the native peoples' observations regarding the Nylamo in their book, "High in the Cold Thin Air" (Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1962), on page 31.

Linguistic scholar Rabbi Yonah N. ibn Aharon, in his essay, "A Contribution to the Philology of ABSMery," to be found in Ivan T. Sanderson's "Abominable Snowmen: Legend Come to Life" (Philadelphia: Chilton, 1961) notes the use of Nylamo and its possible origins on page 461. Those interested in the names given to hairy hominids reported in eastern Eurasian and the Himalayas might wish to review Rabbi ibn Aharon's essay in Appendix A of Sanderson's book.

Mark A. Hall also notes the Nylamo in his book The Yeti, Bigfoot & True Giants (Minneapolis: MAHP, 1997), on pages 10, 82, and 84. 

Bernard Heuvelmans in his book On the Track of Unknown Animals (NY: Hill and Wang, 1958), mentions the Nylamo on pages 176-177.

B. Short

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