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Himalaya

Day 51: Dovan to Derali

Michael Palin - HimalayaAnimism preceded and has survived the religions that came to Nepal and it doesn't surprise me to hear that this conspicuous rocky cave is a sacred place. Talking of myths and legends, I ask Wongchu about the yeti.

He says that like everyone else round here he believes it exists.

'I saw some yeti in the mountain.'

'What did it look like?'

'Look like monkey, it look like people like us.'

Wongchu rolls off a list of unlikely but intriguing facts. The best way to catch a yeti is to get him drunk. He likes tea and he likes alcohol, and people used to trap yetis by putting out a dead dog full of alcohol. It's the people who have hunted the creatures down.

'And now, one only left yeti.'

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PALIN'S GUIDES

  • Series: Himalaya
  • Chapter: Day 51: Dovan to Derali
  • Country/sea: Nepal
  • Place: Dovan
  • Book page no: 115

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