Creation Cryptids: Bigfoot, Enkidu and Esau


Now Bigfoot is just not something Christians usually tackle.

I recall reading an article in the Charleston Daily Mail, quoting a Bigfoot hunter prior to a big hunt staged in West Virginia:

“One man in Jackson County, he just kept telling me, “I’m a religious person. I just don’t believe in this stuff, but I’m telling you, I saw it.” I try to explain that it shouldn’t have any affect on their religion and these sorts of things, that it’s not something that’s out of this world. It’s an animal. It’s just a separate species and there’s no hocus pocus to it.”

I think those comments rather summarize the way most Christians feel about it. They don’t know what to think. They suspect that Bigfoot might turn out to be the missing link and they don’t want to consider evidence for evolution. Or they think of it in the same category as leprechauns, fairies and Cerberus. Some even suspect that they’re simply demonic.

But there are other possibilities.

Bigfoot is called many names the world over: Sasquatch, Yeren, Yeti… There have been sighting in almost every corner of the globe. They’re refered to as beasts, wildmen and giants. Most accounts note that they have reddish brown or black fur. They live in remote locations, far from man. They leave prints, but no carcasses. What is a Creationist to think?

There are several possibilities:

1. A species of relict or unknown primate. Gigantopithecus has been suggested by many. Christian novelist Frank Peretti explored this option in his fictional work, Monster. [Gripping. Read it if you get the chance.] So it’s possible that they are just some form of unidentified ape or orangutan.

And before we go ANY further, I think the Bluff creek film should be called the Bunk Creek film, for the record.

2. They could be wild men, but fully human. Neanderthal comes to mind. Neanderthal is usally pictured as a knuckle-dragging missing link, but even evolutionary scientists have recanted this and now admit that Neanderthal stood upright and was a man and no ape or missing link. In fact, Neanderthal was every bit as smart as we are, if their skull size is any indication.

I’m reminded of the biblical account of Jacob and Esau. Esau was described as a hairy man with red hair. It’s possible he was simply a hairy man. It’s also possible that he was ethnically a Neanderthal. erap your mind around this: If Neanderthal is fully human, given his specific bone characteristics, if he were alive today, we would simply think of him as a specific ethnic type, much as we readily recognize someone of Asian, African or Caucasian descent today. Now what if that ethnic type was also covered in red hair. It might be a bit of a stretch, except that some ethnicities are extremely hairy and others are nearly hairless. And some ethnicities [Irish for example] favor red or black hair [no, I’m not calling the Irish Neaderthals. I’m making a point about how hair color is an ethnic trait.]

Anyway, what if Esau was of Neanderthal ethnicity?

Consider also Enkidu of the Gilgamesh epic. A red-haired, hairy wild man. So wild that nature is not really afraid of him, until he spends time with other men [specifically a woman] and growing wise, the animals begin to fear him. In time, he grows more and more learned in the ways of men. The Creationist theory, if we were assuming the Neaderthalid scenario, is that some of Noah’s children’s offspring degenerated into wild men. The Gilgamesh epic would then be an account of how one was redeemed from the wild and re-educated in the ways of his contemporaries. We have an analogous situation with Australian Aborigines, who have degenerated to a “primitive” state but nonetheless, as an ethnicity, still possess the intellectual potential to become college professors — and some have!

In any case, Esau’s children or kindred could be still further degenerated today and might avoid modern man for fear of him.

That’s one theory anyhow.

–Sirius Knott

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14 Comments Add yours

  1. DavidG says:

    Physical evidence and observations support your first explanation and not your second. Remember that the descendants of the Biblical Esau built cities and developed human culture– these hairy hominid creatures known throughout the ages by various names exhibit no human behaviour, culture or artifacts. Most likely these creatures surviving to the present day are a relict population of one or more unidentified primate species. Speaking as a fellow Creationist, give glory to God for designing these creatures with skills and traits which have served them well. They dwell in wooded and wetland habitat areas inaccessible to humans which both hide and sustain them– and have managed to elude capture and avoid extinction into the 21st century. Rather than fearing that these creatures will be heralded by evolutionists as the “missing link,” I suspect once scientists have the opportunity to study these creatures we will have yet another example of God’s marvelous design and craftsmanship. (NOTE: I prefer to call them creatures because I know their Creator.)

  2. Sirius says:

    David,

    Excellent thoughts. I myself lean more toward the relict primate theory [which is why I listed the option first], but I must take issue with the statement that “these hairy hominid creatures known throughout the ages by various names exhibit no human behaviour, culture or artifacts.”

    Respectfully, we have Enkidu, at least. There are also others. Also, Esau’s descedants [if they were ethnically Neaderthal] became the isolated Edomites. Edomites no longer exist, but their culture would represent [according to the theory] what they were capable of intellectually. This speaks nothing of ethnic Neanderthals who degenerated before or after the fall of Edom. Also, we note that Edomites intermarried with other ethnicities, which would have diluted certain traits. Again, this is ONLY if ethnic Neanderthals are synonymous with Bigfoot et cetera.

    If ethnic Neanderthals are not synonymous with Bigfoot and Red Hairy Wildmen, then it is still possible that Bigfoot is a degenerated race of men. Wildmen [identified fully as men] have been recorded in all ages.

    An aside: Neanderthals, as they are fully human, would still represent a specific ethnicity.

    As for the comment concerning “missing links,” I share your sentiments. I believe Creationists would be up to the task of correcting any premature scientific claims, but some damage would be done through propaganda. Never underestimate the opposition.

    In any case, this is pure speculation and, again, I do lean toward the relict primate theory.

    –Sirius Knott

  3. Mike says:

    Hey, looks like this might be the real deal! A body was finally found: “It’s more than 7-feet tall. Weighs over 500 pounds and walked upright — ”

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,402882,00.html

  4. jonathan cole says:

    In order to come to a reasonable explaination concerning hairy people and their origin and who they are descended from we must look to #1 the bible: AFTER THE FLOOD THERE WAS LEFT NOAH AND HIS 3 SONS. THE BIBLE STATES THEY WERE 1 PEOPLE AND 1 LANGUAGE. NOAH HAD 1 WIFE AND HIS CHILDRED WAS LIKE HIM. THERE IS NO MENTION OF A DIFFERENT NATION AT THIS TIME. THE ONLY TIME THAT IT MENTIONS A DIFFERENT NATION TO COME TO THE EARTH WAS WITH JACOB AND ESAU. GEN: 25TH CHAPTER. TWO MANNER OF PEOPLE SHALL TWO NATIONS IN THY WOUND WILL BE SEPARATED FROM YOUR BOWEL. THE ONE CAME OUT RED ALL OVER LIKE A HAIRY GARMENT AND THEY CALL HIM ESAU. NOW WE LOOK TO ANTHROPOLOGY TO EXPLAIN THIS TO US. WE NOW MUST AVOID TRADITION. THE POINT OF HAIRINESS, LANGUIOUS, HIRSUTISM SHOULD BE RESEARCHED AND DETERMINE WHAT PEOPLE ARE THE MOST HAIRY. ACCORDING TO ANTHROPOLOGY THE CAUCASION ARE THE MOST HAIRY PEOPLE ON THE EARTH. SCIENTIST REJECT THE TERM WHITE BECAUSE THEY ARE IN REALITY RUDDY (RED). DUE TO THE LOST OF THE INTERGRITY OF THE RED BLOOD CELL THE SKIN BECOMES PALE IN APPEARANCE. IN ANCIENT HEBREW LITERATURE, AND THE TARGUMS YOU WILL FIND THE EDOMITE AS BEING THE ROMANS, MEANING THAT ESAU IS THE FATHER OF THE ROMANS. ALSO READ THE BOOKS ON THE LEGEND OF THE JEWS, THIS WILL GIVE MUCH INSITE. SINCE ESAU WAS THE FATHER OF THE ROMANS AND CEASAR WAS THEIR LEADER .YOU NEED TO KNOW THAT CEASAR MEANS HAIRY(COMMON KNOWLEDGE). NOW WITH A BIT OF WORD ETYMOLOGY. BREAK THE WORD CEASAR DOWN. C=ZAR OR TAZ, OR KAR OR JUST PLAIN KING, THE EA= A DIPTHONG PRONOUCE IT AS EE, THEN YOU HAVE SAR AT THE END PRONOUCE AS C EE SAR = KING ESAR. REMEMBER HEROID A ROMAN BY BLOOD WAS AN EDOMITE. NOTICE THE SON OF ESAU HAD TITLE OF DUKES, ENGLAND CONTINUE TO USE THIS TITLE WHO ARE EASU’S DESCENDENT. NOW WE MUST TURN TO THE ILIAD. THE IMPORTANT FIGURE HERE IS AENEAS MEANS HAIRY, HIS SON ASCANIUS WAS A PROGENATOR OF ROMULUS AND REMUS. ROMULUS FATHER OF THE ROMANS. WILL CONTINUE DISCUSSION LATER.

  5. coffee says:

    when i heard about the most recent Bigfoot sighting it really got my hopes up…

  6. Nancy Gorman says:

    I am also a Christian who believes in the Creator. In the 40’s, Albert Ostman was kidnapped by a family of them. He did not lie about it because he made no money on the story and was ridiculed all his life for it. In the account it reveals a people with hair, not an animal. These people were communicating with each other with words, they collected plants to eat, wove blankets out of bark and moss and never wasted time. After reading this account, I thought maybe this people hid themselves because of their appearance and lived among the wild and became more wild as time went on. If you read Dr. Caroline Leaf’s books on the brain you will find how “what you think in your heart so are you”. There is scientific evidence to the fact that to a certain extent your brain can change your body. She says our brain is wired for love and if we do not have love our brain can literally effect our DNA. She says fear is the opposite of love. If fear was in this hairy, large people, and they hid themselves from their enemy for years, it could cause their body over time to get more and more deformed. I am not talking about evolution I am talking about natural change. My daughter who kept sitting a certain way at the computer for years has a deformed rib cage. With exercise it is changing. But I think if these people are still afraid of us… maybe we can begin to try to love them and communicate Christ to them. That is my hope.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I read in Genesis that Esau commited what might be considered a spiritual atrocity toward himself and his heirs. : He traded his birthright for a bowl of soup. He did not value his birthright. His birthright was for the messiah to come from his bloodline (Jesus the Christ).If this blessing was not recieved by Esau, it is because he did not want it, value it , or , cherish it.He willingly refused to submit himself to the will of the creator of the universe . It is not possible to exit this scenario without being under a curse. Though his father Isaac blessed him in a similar manner to his brother Jacob ( Israel) : The reality of the blessings are drastically different.They both recieved “the fatness of the earth and the dew of Heaven. Jacob begot the nation of Israel. It seems Esau’s children were doomed to a life of humiliation.Esau chose as his first wife “Mahalath”
    a daughter of Ishmael . Ismael was proclaimed by the Angel of the Lord to in GEN. 16:12 “He shall be a wild man , His hand shall be against every man and every man’s hand against him.” Esau is described as a very physical man with an imposing presence. His brother Jacob was a strong man (wrestled with the angel of the Lord and would not let him go). But he was terrified of Esau. Esau was an excellent hunter. I have come to understand that in the succinct and quiet truth of the Bible that there is a very good possibility that Esau is Sasquatch. His curse is that he is ten feet tall , weighs a thousand pounds, can apparently lift and throw approximately two thousand pound boulders, can run down catch and kill an adult deer in mid flight and skin it barehanded .Yet he is frequently at odds with his own people and has lost most of his ability to communicate verbally.However those who know him best say there is definetly a man behind those eyes.

    1. Doug says:

      Esau did not trade his blessing for a bowl of soup. Issaac was tricked by Jacob and thought he was blessing Esau when in fact he was blessing Jacob. You see, Isaac was sick and blind. He asked Esau to prepare his favorite meal and while Esau was gone to prepare the meal, Jacob impersonated him in order to receive the blessing.

      1. Tony Breeden says:

        Doug,

        Esau sold his birthright for a bowl of pottage even before the better known incident you related. See Genesis 25:29-34, Genesis 27:36 and Hebrews 12:16

  8. marie says:

    quite interesting. glad I read it. changes my mind on some things…

  9. HurriSbezu says:

    It’s an interesting connection, I suppose.

    I’m just rather offended that you assume people degenerate over time. If you’re a creationist, then why would you accept the worst belief spawned by evolution? Humans are humans. Degeneration is a belief for racists and eugeneticists.

    I’m ashamed that no one else has said anything about it.

    1. Tony Breeden says:

      I never said humans degenerate into anything less than human. I simply mean they degenerate where civilization is concerned.

  10. dt says:

    Neanderthals were a separate species in the genus homo; homo neanderthalis. Though they coexisted and interbred with homo sapiens, they were not humans. All ethnicities are are the same species. This is a very important distinction.

    1. Tony Breeden says:

      Actually scientists even today debate whether Neanderthal should be classified as Homo neanderthalensis or Homo sapiens Neanderthalensis, meaning that your “very important” distinction may not exisr at all. From the creationist baraminological perspective, the very fact that we can interbreed makes us the same created kind, meaning they are fully human.

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