Someone, once asked me what is the most likely place to discover Bigfoot? Russia and Central Asia, I replied. In this field we don’t deal with a whole lot of certainty, but the Almasty, as it is called in the region, exist, of that I am certain. Sightings date back into antiquity, with a frequency of sighting still very high today in very specific areas that meet realistic biological needs. This project is one of the main reasons I started the gofundme initiative. For more info on that, you can go to gofundme.com/q7yw29fg
This project at first glance is about mysterious Bigfoot like hominids sightings in the Caucasus mountains, as you can see by the magazine picture cover above and the map of the area in question below.
However, this is a much bigger story encompassing three continents and two million years of history. The other photograph above is of a body found in North America that looks exactly like depictions of the Almasty in the Cacasus. Yes this was a real body, before it was replaced by a false one, and it may have originally originated in Asia.
Part I of this project is expedition based in certain well defined areas within these mountain ranges, and as you can see from the Icon below from a Russian monastery, this specie has a long history in the region.
I’ve spoken and written in my book about sightings further east and north in the region and the Almasty’s resemblance to Bigfoot, but what is intriguing about the sightings in the Caucasus is the more gracile and man-like attributes of this specie. What that says about the relationship between all these areas remains to be seen, but the story of a captured Almasty called Zana in the mid 18oo’s and the recent genetic tests on Zana’s son skull by Bryan Sykes from Oxford University may provide a link back to Africa, and perhaps to a story I’ve covered in the past of the mysterious X of Kenya. Below is a photograph of Zana’s son Khwit and his skull which indicated some robust primitive aspects.
Khwit father was human, which brings forth some staggering possibilities. The DNA test revealed that Khwit lineage was African, and specifically sub-saharan which brings me back to Africa and Kenya and a mysterious hominid called X, and this peculiar southern African cave painting you can see below which indicates some type of conflict between man and a more ape-like specie.
X of Kenya and eastern Africa is the story of a hominid resembling the Almasty, but with a twist. X uses primitive tools and weapons, as you can see in the very rare photograph before. These were found by world renown anthropologist Jacqueline Roumeguere Eberhardt who became convinced of X existence. Since her death, no further work has been initiated on the subject and the artifacts have only been labelled as from an unknown primitive tribe.
The question which has never been asked, is, is there a link between the Almasty, and X? Furthermore, what is the relationship between the more robust Almasty and Bigfoot? These are large questions that can impact what we know about primate and human evolution, and not only have these questions never been answered, they have never been asked.
This is of course a working hypothesis that has never been explored or mentioned until now. So, part two of Project Esau is also an African expedition looking into X, a subject no one had worked on since professional anthropologist Jacqueline Roumeguere Eberhardt.
The non expedition historical part of this project is investigation if X, or a cousin specie, ventured out of Africa through Europe, demonstrated by the Wildmen of medieval Europe, see medieval art here as well, and eventually died out in all of Europe except in the remote Caucasus. This is new, this is testable, and can change history.
As far as the Almasty is concerned, we know a lot more about their physiology and behavior than we do about Bigfoot. The reason for this is the sheer number of observations and the long historical presence of this specie, as recounted by the diverse people that make up the region. Furthermore, we also have a great number of sightings that are of a very long duration and at close range, something that, for most part, is lacking from Bigfoot reports. We also have a number of repeated sightings from locals who are familiar with the Almasty, with quite a few of these type of stories in Siberia.
Long before the world heard about the Yeti or Bigfoot, Europeans visiting the region for the first time often described and wrote about the Almasty, with its lack of chin, heavy browridge, entirely bipedal and covered with hair. The Almasty much more abundant in those days were present in a lot of the art displayed from the region as well. The jade skull below is from Mongolia where today sighings are focused in the Altai mountain range. This is another expeditionary goal for this project.
In conclusion, the main goal of this project is a series of expeditions, first one focused on the Caucasus region, a second in Eastern Africa, and a third in the Altai mountains of Mongolia. A secondary goal is exploring links, between these regions and exploring the theory that the Almasty is of African heritage and made it’s way through Europe, perhaps as recently as the middle ages and found a refuge deep in the Caucasus region and Altai mountains. There is potential for a sequel of course, exploring further into Siberia, and exploring the potential relationship with the Yeti and Bigfoot of North America.