The Sisemite is an unknown primate of Central America. Its name comes from the Nahuatl (Uto-Aztecan) tzitzimitl (“diviner”). It is also known as the Chichimeque (Rama/ Chibchan), Chichimicli (Aztecan), Chichinité (Tol), Itacayo, Li Queck, Qetcux (Chortí/ Mayan, “abductor”), Sicimici, Siguanaba (for the female),Sirpi (Paya/Chibchan), Sisimiti (Mopán/Mayan), Sissimito, Suinta (Mosquito/ Misumalpan, “spirit of the mountains”), Susumete, U tcur witsir (Chortí/Mayan, “guardian hill spirit”). It is described as having a gorilla-like body, covered in darkish hair that reaches to the ground. Taller and broader than a man. Head is like a human’s. Big eyes. Said to have four fingers and no thumb. Big toes are said to be turned backward.
The Sisemité is mostly nocturnal. Walks bipedally but runs on all fours. Takes long strides. Aggressive. Howls and screams. The Chortí have a name for its cry, marikonet, which loosely means, “We’ll get you.” No language. Eats crabs and snails. Sleeps in caves. Said to attack men on lonely trails and abduct women and children. It lives in montane forests in the of northern and western parts of Cubulco, Guatemala; Nicaragua; Camasca Caverns and Pico Bonito, Honduras; southern Quintana Roo State, Mexico; Montañas Mayas, Belize.
A Mayan carving at the ruin of Xunantunich, Belize, discovered by Lars Thomas, is said to show a Sisemité.
In 1912, the grandfather of Don Manuel Majía ran into a Sisemité on Pico Bonito, Honduras. It walked like a man and was tall and hairy.
In 1932, while leading an expedition sponsored by the British Museum, Thomas Gann glimpsed a large animal that ran on all fours in a marshy area near the Río Azul, Quintana Roo State, Mexico. It had black, shaggy fur and a white mane that obscured its face. He thought it resembled a large ground sloth.
In the 1940s, a police complaint was made in Cobán, Guatemala, by Miguel Huzul, who alleged his son-in-law was delinquent for allowing his daughter to be abducted by a Sisemité from their home while he watched helplessly.
- A mythical entity, like the Cannibal Giant or Little People.
- Giant Hominid or Hairy Biped of Central America.
- An unknown species of primate or sloth similar to the South American Mapinguari