From Kook Science
|Born||2 December 1910|
Marienthal, Markt Regenstauf, Regensburg, Bavaria, German Empire
|Died||27 March 1992 (81)|
Sankt Wendel, Saarland, Germany
|Affiliations||Society of the Divine|
Franz Xaver Eichinger (December 2, 1910 - March 27, 1992) was a German physician and Catholic priest, member of the Society of the Divine Word (S.V.D.), and missionary who was active in China, Tibet, and Mongolia through the 1940s and the early 1950s. Eichinger received some English-language press attention in the late 1950s for his view that sightings of the Abominable Snowman were likely to have been nude Tibetan lamas, described as "highly-religious hermits" who were devoted to healing, whose enlarged footprints were the result of snow melting around their feet.
- "'Abominable Snowmen' Really Saints Says Missionary Returned From Tibet", Medford Mail Tribune: 7, 14 Dec. 1958, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/96810702/
- "Are Nude Tibetan Lamas the Monstrous ABOMINABLE SNOWMEN?", FATE 12 (5): 30-34, May 1959 — followed by Alexandra David-Neel's response Tibetan Mystics Are Not Snowmen.
- Würdinger, Josef (2010) (in German), Erinnerungen an den Steyler-Missionspater Franz Xaver, ingolstadt.de, http://www.ingolstadt.de/stadtmuseum/pdf/Missionspater%20Franz%20Xaver%20Eichinger.pdf