Is there room in the Para/Crypto/Fortean world for a gun-toting, paranoid, bipolar, opinionated bastard? A lonely romantic in search of his lost soul? A knight, Samurai, gunslinger, born in the wrong century? A self-destructive, doom-driven survivor seeking redemption? A heavy drinking gonzo outlaw cryptozoologist whose ego is exceeded only by his libido?
No, there isn't. That's why I'm here...

05 March 2011

Bigfoot: Do They Go Both Ways?

The debate continues in the Crypto/Para camps. Is BF just an undiscovered primate? An undocumented ape species, possibly a relic hominid, OR, is BF a paranormal, dimension-hopping entity not of this natural earth? Tastes Great! Less Filling! Hey, you got paranormal in my primate! You got primate in my paranormal!...
Both sides of the debate have their strident supporters, both sides can present eyewitness testimony and anecdotal and circumstatial evidence to support their respective cases. I've followed this debate for decades, I've jumped from one side of the fence to the other often enough to qualify as an Olympic hurdler. I've also straddles said fence enough that I should be walking bowlegged by now. I have decided to offer an alternative scenario. Who says Bigfoot can't be BOTH?
You're probably saying, "Okay, Gummer, you're just trying to have it both ways! That's just not fair!" But hear me out before you slap the wishy-washy waffle label on me.
First up, there's plenty of precedent for this position elsewhere in the lore and legends of the world. We KNOW dogs exist, we know black dogs exist. They walk among us every day, they eat their Dog Chow, fetch balls & sticks, retrieve fallen fowl, stand guard, and do all the other things normal dogs do. Because they ARE normal dogs. However, folklore and Forteana are full of examples of black dogs that are most decidely not normal. The Beast of Bungay, the Black Shuck, numerous other hellhounds, devil dogs and spectral black canines with glowing red eyes that serve as phantom guardians, portents of death and destruction, or even as protectors. Black dogs are normal known animals, Phantom Black Dogs are paranormal phenomena. By extension, the same can be said of other animals. Wolves, cats, crows, owls, coyotes, and so on. A check of folklore and tradition will reveal a ton of accounts in which normal, known, natural animals behave in abnormal, unknown, and unnatural ways. So, why shouldn't it be possible for BF to be a normal (albeit undocumented) creature, yet also serve as a model for have a supernatural counterpart?

OOPs! (There it is!)
Another area of Cryptozoology is the research into cases of Out Of Place animals. Known creatures who appear in places where they simply shouldn't be. Documented sightings of kangaroos, maned lions, and the ubiquitous alien black big cats in the Midwest, chimpanzees in FL, the list goes on. There's no reason to believe the OOP animals are themselves anything other than flesh-n-blood species. Only the circumstances of their appearance (and disappearance) defies the Natural Order Of Things. So, a BF in the Cascade Mountains? Sure. A BF in a big city, or a desert? OOPs!

What time is it?
In addition to Out Of Place animals, the annals of Cryptozoology and High Strangeness also reveal accounts of "out of time" animals. We know that giant birds (Teratorns) and huge winged dinosaurs (Pterasaurs) ONCE existed. There's no doubting the evidence there, but these creatures are (supposedly) long gone. Other dinosaurs have long since perished as well. But, we still have eyewitness accounts of Thunderbirds and other giant flying things (both feathered and fleshed), and other living dinosaurs reported from Texas to Ohio to the Congo. Again, we know the creatures once existed. The only thing about them that is inexplicable is that people still see the darned things. Is Giganto extinct? Is Neandertal Man a thing of the past? Most likely. But somebody needs to inform THEM of this fact. Again, natural creatures in unnatural circumstances.

And of course there's the frustrating possibility that the whole BF phenomenon is yet another example of some kind of unfathomable Intelligence letting us see what "It" wants us to see. Like the numerous UFO/alien stories, or creatures from the Faery realm or nature spirits, BF may just be an interdimensional sock puppet putting on a show for whatever reason...

4 comments:

Autumnforest said...

Damn! You crack me up. I love the paranormal in my BF! I'm spitting beer out my nose practically. I see where you're going with this and it is mind-bending, hmm? Possibility 1: Time and space are irrelevant and upon occasion things from the past show up where they shouldn't be nowadays but it is a fleeting residual like that ghost in turn-of-the-century gown on the widow's walk in some home in SC. It's a flicker of the past. Possibility 2: A collection of creatures taken by aliens for samples are dropped back down on earth to reintroduce them to their home planet. Wow, could come up with a dozen of these possibilities. I hope you do more on this subject.

Gummerfan said...

Like so many phenomena that seem to defy our attempts at explanation, BF kinda rocks my Glock.
As far as posting more on the subject, maybe, maybe not. I've pretty much decided to shut the HQ down. There ARE some more things I plan to post, just to get them "out there" before I piss out the fire and call in the dawgs though. :)

Autumnforest said...

That really saddens me, BG. We need you in the blog world. There's no one else out there doing what you do the way you do it and you're probably the smartest mind I've found in the monster world. I'd beg you but it wouldn't be pretty. It would involve me on my hands and knees and kissing your webbed toes. I'm only guessing they're webbed because like the dude in Waterworld, you seem a bit more evolved.

Adsila said...

I will be sorry to see the HQ go. I am a big BF fan and enjoy any bit of information on the subject. You have a unique way of posting about this elusive creature.