Robert W. Morgan description of Forest Person he has researched.[left] This custom bust was made for me in 2005 by a NYC film effects artist. It was going to be part if a series of busts to be followed by a "Skunk Ape", "Yeren", "Yeti" and "Almasty". [Dale D has blown up the eyes to match the indicated size of the eye sockets and to match reports by other witnesses]
Two sculpted Bigfoot busts owned by Thomas Finlay, who resides in the UK
|Homo (sapiens) heidelbergensis/neanderthalensis skull above|
Orangutan skull shown below, compare to the head structure shown in the two busts
I believe the two busts correspond to two different types of creatures both named "Skunk Ape" and "Eastern Bigfoot" by different researchers-one being more of a human and the other being more like an ape (Specifically most like an orangutan). And what is more, they are the same as two kinds of "Wildmen" commonly spoken of in Tibet and South and East Asia (or the Oriental realm generally)
|Big Yeti, Yak Stealer or Yak Bear, Greater Migo, Nyalmo, etc|
|Glaugco's representation of a Mapinguari compared to an orangutan|
Yamajijii(やまじじい)also known as Yama-chichi(there is also an entirely different Yokai with the name Yama-chichi as well),is a Yokai from Shikoku Island(the tales are very wide spread throughout the island)that is said to live in the mountains there.Most stories agree that he has a large rock-like head with one huge eye in the center of his head with a mouth full of small razor sharp teeth and a body covered in gray short-haired fur and that he can read minds(much like the Satori)and that he has a very loud voice capable of killing(with which he usually likes to challenge people to a loudness contest).There are also many stories where a Yama-jijii is kept as a pet like a hunting dog by hunters.Some stories say he is Child sized other stories say he is the size of a rather large man.Some stories say in addition to his large eye,he has another very small eye,other stories say he has only one eye,one arm,and one leg.Some stories say he is a peace-full nature loving creature,other stories say he will take away animals and small children to eat.
Here's my Yama-jijii action figure.I sculpted his rock-like head from clay over a CTVT Cochise head.His body is a Castaway tan (original flesh) colored body which I sculpted on fur with the clay.I painted all sculpted parts with acrylic paints and sealed with Modpodge.
And it just so happens that this one-eyed creature is listed as one of the traditional creatures equated to the Hibagon or Yeti-like creature that is being reported more recently in Japan. Dr Meldrum's original posting was a smaller copy of this book being highlighted on one of the internet sites:
Yama-chichi kills man in sleep
Tōkaen, Michimaro, fl. 1808-1841 , author
What the Yama-chichi Observed
--From the Kyōdo Kenkyū, Vol. II. Collected in Tottori.
There is actually another bakemono [Folktale] called yama-chichi, which does not have the same description as this mind-reading monster. The alternate yama-chichi is a monster that appears when people are sleeping, and sucks the life out of their mouths. It is also said that if one awakens while the yama-chichi is draining another of his energy, then the energy drained before that point is transfered to the person who awakens.
The appearance of the Night-Hag Yamachichi would appear to be based on an orangutan like ape though, the resemblance is quite striking. And if a one-eyed Wildman is meant to describe a sort of an orangutan, then the two Yamachichis could be variant traditions describing the ure seemt the same as the lesser Yeti or the more apeklike Skunk Ape.
But the "Mindreading" capabilities are borroed from stories of a more standard wildman, the Satori
|Sekien Satori, From Wikipedia|
|Sekien Oni in cave, eating some furry varmint, from Wikipedia|
Depictions of oni vary widely but usually portray them as hideous, gigantic creatures with sharp claws, wild hair, and two horns growing from their heads. They are humanoid for the most part, but occasionally, they are shown with unnatural features such as odd numbers of eyes or extra fingers and toes. Their skin may be any number of colors, but red and blue are particularly common.4]
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Best Wishes, Dale D.