Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Historical Art Paints A New Picture Of Bigfoot

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – You might think that Bigfoot is an imaginary creature who only appeared in the last 150 years.

However, a cryptozoologist in Winter Haven, Florida, says that ancient artworks show that the hairy creature was a familiar face to the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans.

Scott Marlowe says the Egyptians knew the difference between monkeys and baboons, yet a surprising number of art pieces show the presence of more hominid-looking creatures he calls “bipedal hairy primates.”

There are similar depictions in Roman art and Marlowe thinks the numerous references in ancient Greek mythology to half- animal, half-human critters like the satyrs, suggest that “BPHs” were a common sight back then.

Marlowe says that even though these cultures had “symbolic thinking,” it’s likely the artists based their work on what they saw in the natural world.

It’s impossible to ask ancient artists about their work, but Bigfoot appears so consistently in historical art that Marlowe thinks scientists who dismiss the creature’s existence should take another look.

Marlowe discusses Bigfoot art throughout history in a new book, Elementum Bestia (Crypto).

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