Yowie

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Yowie
a.k.a. Yowie-Whowie
Country Australia

Yowie (sometimes Yowie-Whowie) is an appellation for a crypto-hominid of the Australian outback wilderness, the name of indeterminate origin, becoming popularised in the mid-1970s in response to international interest in like cryptids. The syncretic figure of the Yowie draws from European settler writings on the mythologies and accounts of native Australian Aboriginal peoples, conflating various regional "wild men" legends, including the yahoo, jimbra, myngawin, and yaroma (similar to the process that produced the Sasquatch and the Yeti as popular figures).

Reading

  • Gilroy, Rex (Aug. 1976), "Apemen in Australia", Psychic Australian: 8-11, 22-25 
  • Gilroy, Rex (2001), Giants from the Dreamtime: The Yowie in Myth and Reality, Katoomba, NSW: URU Publications 
  • Tim the Yowie Man (2006), Haunted & Mysterious Australia: Bunyips, Yowies, Phantoms and Other Strange Phenomena, Frenchs Forest, N.S.W.: New Holland