Old native tales from India through island south-east Asia to New Guinea and it’s Melanesian
island neighbours, including those of the Maori of New Zealand, speak of other primitive beings
with whom they shared these lands, when all were part of a great ‘bridge’ or land shelf joined to
Australia, as we know, was joined to New Guinea at this time. As the authors have already
pointed out earlier in this book, this vast shelf was flooded by rising seas at the close of the last great
Ice-Age, to create the island chains of today. This great Ice-Age event is recorded in the oral traditions
of all these people, which speak of ‘hairy’ giants and other hominid beings who survived the deluge on
For example, among the survivors of the great submergence in Indian folklore, are the cavemen
known as Guhyaka who are the servants of the giant God Kubera. Here in myth is a race-memory of a
race of primitive Stone-Age cave-dwelling people and giants.
Another cave-dweller was Hidimba, an Asura, or demon cannibal who lived in the forest, where ‘he’ lured people into his bone cave to eat them.
A similar Stone-Age demon was Jambha, meaning ‘jaws’. He was killed by Vishnu.
believe in the Kala-Nukha, or ‘Black-face’. These are a race of wilderness-dwellers who resemble
There are also the Kirata, a race of primitive people believed to inhabit the mountain forests
north and east of the great plains of India. They can live in the water and eat raw fish – which implied
they fish from watercraft.
Another race of beings are dwarfs – ie pygmies – called the Nandisha. They
had monkey-like faces so appear to be a primitive ape-man type form. They were brown in hair colour.
Women must beware of the Pishacha, or Paisacha, a race of evil spirits of the land who are “the
most vicious creatures on earth”. They embrace sleeping women in huts [ie kidnap them]. They love
human flesh and even have a primitive language all their own. Their women are called the Pishachi and
they too are very vicious towards ordinary humans.
There is also a race of aborigines called the Pulinda, who inhabit the wooded hills of India and
whose features are similar to Australia’s Aboriginal people.
There was the female demon Taraka, who lived in a forest near the Ganges River. Here this
demoness devoured all travellers. Rama and Lakshmana [Rama’s brother], finally killed her. This
sounds like a female Stone-Age individual similar to the Paisacha.
Kim-Purusha, meaning “What Man?” is an ‘indescribable’ man, a low type of animal-like being
who inhabits the forests of India. Another race of the forests that feeds upon human flesh, they are the
size of ordinary humans.
Kotavi, “A naked woman”, is yet another forest demon. She is a mystical goddess who roams
the forests in search of human flesh: in other words, she is a female hominid.
There is also the Kuvera. In the Vedas ‘he’ is an evil being, ‘spirits’ of primitive appearance who
hug the shadows, the darker parts of the forest, hiding in wait of human prey.
Soldiers fighting the Japanese army in Burma during World War Two, more than a few times
reported sightings of hairy, ape-like creatures, up to almost twice the height of a normal human and
very muscular. Similar experiences were not unknown from both opposing sides during the Vietnam
Such hairy giants are also known to ancient Japanese traditions.
Burma is also the home of nightmarish beings called the ‘Kung-tu’ or ‘Mouth Man’. They are
monsters of gorilla-like appearance standing 20ft [6.1m] tall, of powerful build, weighing 1000lb, it is
claimed by villagers, who have traditions of these monsters having terrorised the land for untold
Australian Yowie Research Centre,
Monday 25th June 2007