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Are There Three Kinds of Malaysian Bigfoot?

Posted by: Loren Coleman on February 20th, 2006

The story of the "Bigfoot" in the Endau-Rompin National Park, Malaysia, is becoming more complex. It seems like the time is ripe to sort out the media’s reports that the locals are seeing three types of hairy hominoids.

According to the Bernama news service, on February 20, 2006, accounts surfaced that the locals, the Orang Asli, living along the Johor-Pahang border, claimed they have seen a variety of different-sized "Bigfoot" in the area.

Malaysian Bigfoot

Illustration: Typical True Giant, drawing by Harry Trumbore, from Anomalist Books’ new edition of The Field Guide to Bigfoot and Other Mystery Primates by Loren Coleman and Patrick Huyghe. © 2006

Organizing what is being said, according to the three sizes, here’s what I see occurring:

1) Hantu Siaran Gigi or Hantu Hutan

Four meters (12 feet) tall, hairy man-like creatures. Hantu Hutan reportedly catch fish, and are not easily spooked by the Orang Asli. These have in the past been noted with names like "Orang Dalam." Also "Hantu Jarang Gigi" is another one that has been translated as "Snaggle-Toothed Ghost."

2) Hantu Semawa

Human-sized, probably no larger than two meters (6 feet tall). "Mawas" also has been a term for unknown, man-sized hairy hominoids seen in Malaysia. Of course, as mentioned here at Cryptomundo before, "Mawas" means, literally in nearby Indonesia, the orangutan, (Pongo pygmaeus), known from ranges in the wild in Sumatra (Pongo pygmaeus abelii) and Borneo (Pongo pygmaeus pygmaeus) but not Malaysia. Are the Hantu Semawa or Mawas seen in the Malay forest merely mainland survivor groups of orangutans?

3) Hantu Bojok

A very much smaller (one meter, three feet tall?) creature. One villager said: "Hantu Bojok is small. We’ve seen it many times. It looks like a dwarf. Once, we saw it catching fish and when it saw us, it ran away." Are these Proto-Pygmies, like the "Ebu Gogo" from Flores, Indonesia?

The Bermanu news item noted:

Tok Batin (tribal chief) Sati Pak Burut, 48, said his men had told him several times of their encounter with such creatures in the Johor forest. "My men often go into the forest for up to two or three weeks. When they return, they will tell lots of stories like seeing hantu hutan, hantu bojok and hantu semawa," he said.

Clearly, the larger creatures sound like the four-toed very tall "True Giant," the Orang Dalam from Malaysia. But then, as detailed in The Field Guide to Bigfoot and Other Mystery Primates, different types are part of what may going on too, and confusing the picture from the rainforests.

About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013.


7 Responses to “Are There Three Kinds of Malaysian Bigfoot?”

  1. greatanarch responds:

    Is it just me, or are the reported Malaysian Bigfoot getting bigger each week? ‘Over 4 meters’ is more than 13 feet.

  2. CryptoInformant responds:

    It’s kinda like the fish you caught last summer, you tell about it long enough and it’s bigger than your house.

  3. iftheshoefits responds:

    Oh man I hope were not getting a fairy-tale here but it sounds to much like the papa bear,mama bear and baby bear story to me.

  4. Doug responds:

    I have not written bigfoot off as an impossibility. However, I would be much more convinced of their existence and less skeptical if there weren’t so many of them and so many eyewitness reports. This IS like the story of the fish that got away and gets much bigger everytime you hear the story.

  5. dewhurst responds:

    I was wondering if the greater height of Malaysian Bigfoot is due to the locals being smaller than say the average eyewitness in North America of Canada?

  6. Doc responds:

    Reminds me of the line in the old REO Speedwagon song=and the tales grow taller on down the line.Is it just me or is this starting to sound like a Biscardi project ?

  7. Kronprinz_adam responds:

    It is possible that some professional explorers, very friendly and respectfully, accompany one of the expeditions of the people of chief Tok Batin? It seems each one of them is a cryptoozoological paradise…



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