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Bigfoot is big on TV

An artist's conception of the creature known as Sasquatch or Bigfoot.
An artist's conception of the creature known as Sasquatch or Bigfoot.
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Bigfoot was one of the biggest legends in twentieth century America with myriad television shows, movies, and books on the subject. Who would have thought that Bigfoot would become even more popular in the twenty-first century? Bigfoot seems to have taken TV by storm for the next couple of weeks, with shows on Spike, National Geographic Channel, and Animal Planet.

Spike debuted its new reality series “10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty” hosted by Dean Cain tonight at 10 p.m. EST. In the show, teams of competitors search for real evidence that Bigfoot exists in order to win the biggest cash prize in television history. Check Spike’s website for airdates and times.

National Geographic Channel aired three new episodes of “Bigfoot: The New Evidence” tonight. The series features Oxford University geneticist Bryan Sykes examining DNA allegedly collected from the Yeti of the Himalayas, Bigfoot from the U.S., and the Almasty from Russia. Check NatGeo’s website for airdates and times.

Animal Planet is airing several episodes of their popular series “Finding Bigfoot” with new episodes on Sunday nights which air throughout the next couple of weeks. This series features “Bigfootologists” checking out reported sightings of Bigfoot. Check Animal Planet’s website for airdates and times.

Bigfoot mania began in 1951 when a group of prominent mountain climbers looking for the best route to the summit of Mt. Everest got lost and happened upon a strange footprint in the snow. Eric Shipton photographed the print and another member of the team wrote home to his wife that the Abominable Snowman was not a myth. But reports of Bigfoot and the Yeti have been around for centuries.

There have been too many Bigfoot reports, photos, and home movies to count. Some have turned out to be fakes, some by people who are not so credible, but some by very credible witnesses. Even so, no good evidence has been found. Bigfoot hunters have been trying to either capture or shoot a Bigfoot to bring in as proof with no success. Perhaps they are trying to capture that which can’t be captured.

In 2008 an episode of the A&E series “Paranormal State” featured a couple on a Texas ranch whose animals were being harmed, black shadows were seen, and strange cries were heard. Investigators consulted a Native American medicine man who identified the being as Bigfoot. He stated that the creature was spirit. This fits in with what fairy experts say about Bigfoot. They see Bigfoot as a fairy, not a cryptozoologic creature or “Missing Link.”

Bigfoot is viewed in fairy lore as the Green Man, or something akin to him; a nature spirit/fairy that protects the forest and can become dangerous and vindictive if angered.

In the case on “Paranormal State,” the ranch owner had angered the being because he burned a cedar tree on his property. The medicine man said that these trees have special significance spiritually because their wood is used to make incense. He said that the Bigfoot was hurting the rancher’s horses because the man loved them, and the man had destroyed something beloved to the Bigfoot. This is right in line with fairy lore. That is exactly what fairies would do.

Fairies can be seen sometimes, and not others. They can be seen more easily by those with second sight. Fairies can be seen more easily in certain places and at certain times when and where the veil between their world (Faerie) and our mundane world is thinnest. Fairies can also choose to let people see them; they can also become more physically dense if they choose. All of this would explain why there have been so many sightings, but no physical evidence left behind.

Bigfoot and the Yeti seem to fit in better with fairy lore than with science or pseudoscience. Either way, it appears that Bigfoot is as popular as ever and will continue to fascinate people the world over.

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