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Yeren

The Yeren (Chinese:野人, literally "wild man"), also Renxiong (人熊, literally "man-bear") is a Bigfoot-like creature known to have been sighted in central China in the northeastern Hubei province and southeastern Anhui province, in the Huangshan (黃山) mountains of the region. Witnesses in the region have been coming forward from the Northern Song dynasty on, and it is now firmly part of China's vast group of cryptids. Legends of the region portray the Yeren as a sort of Demon, in the Buddhist or Daoist sense of the word (Southern Chinese folklore also has stories with a monster called Dagger-Claws that has some Yeren-type features), but the Yeren is taken siriously by modern cryptozoologists. There are considered to be two types of Yeren- a small one and a large one. The small one is almost certainly misidentifications of Chinese Snub-Nosed Monkeys and Macaques, but the large one is still a source of debate. There are some cryptozoologists who claim that the Yeren is, in fact, Surviving Gigantopithecus, but others say it is an as-of-yet unknown species. Chinese Mythology mentions a Yeren-like creature, the Xiāo (囂, literally "loudness"), also Shānxiāo (山囂, literally "mountain loudness") which is possibly a mythologized account of the Yeren. However, Xiāo also refers to a mythical Owl-like creature. Some myths even have both Xiāo as the same creature.

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